Improvised Dialogue : Emergence and Creativity in Conversation (Publications in Creativity Research)

Improvised Dialogue : Emergence and Creativity in Conversation (Publications in Creativity Research)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 262 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781567506778
  • DDC分類 302.346

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Improvised Dialogues is the first social-scientific study of Chicago improv theater. It focuses on the collaborative verbal creativity that improvising actors use to generate their unscripted dialogues. The author spent two years as a performer, and videotaped 15 different Chicago theater groups-both live performances and rehearsals-resulting in almost 50 hours of performance data. To analyze these dialogues, the book presents the theory of collaborative emergence, which focuses on how different pre-existing structures guide improvisation, and how actors use dialogue to jointly create a novel, dramatically coherent performance. Although the dialogue is not scripted, a highly structured performance emerges. Because these elements of improvisation are present in all linguistic interaction, the theory shows how these dialogues are relevant to all researchers who study verbal performance.Improvised Dialogues is thus positioned at the intersection of several fields, each of which includes a tradition of research on improvisation and conversation. In sociology, researchers such as conversation analysts have long studied how participants in interaction creatively produce an orderly dialogue. In folkloristics and linguistic anthropology, researchers have begun to emphasize the importance of creativity in performance. In psychology, contemporary creativity theory has begun to take account of interactional and social factors influencing creativity. All of these fields study collaborative, interactive craetivity; no single performer controls the group, but each performer is subtly influenced by the actions of the others.

Table of Contents

Foreword                                           vii
Michael Silverstein
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: Improvisation in Theater and 1 (12)
Everyday Conversation
Don't Shoot the Piano Player: My Encounter 13 (28)
with Chicago Improv
What Improvised Dialogue Creates: Frame and 41 (26)
Context in Conversation Research
How Improvised Dialogues Create: The 67 (24)
Collaborative Emergence of Conversation
What Actors Know: An Ethnotheory of 91 (36)
The Freeze Games: How to Create a Frame 127(32)
Improv Games: How Rules Affect Improvised 159(30)
Collaborative Emergence in Long-Form 189(40)
Conclusion: The Emergent Frame as Social Fact 229(14)
References 243(12)
Index 255