By Lindsay B. Cummings

Empathy has provoked equivalent measures of excitement
and controversy lately. For a few, empathy is important to understanding
others, aiding us bridge social and cultural ameliorations. For others, empathy
is not anything yet a erroneous assumption of entry to the minds of others. during this publication, Cummings argues that
empathy is available in many varieties, a few precious to figuring out others and some
damaging. Tracing empathy’s
family tree via aesthetic conception, philosophy, psychology, and performance
idea, Cummings illustrates how theatre artists and students have often
ignored the dynamic strength of empathy by means of concentrating on its more
“monologic” varieties, within which spectators both undertaking their viewpoint onto
characters or passively establish with them. This ebook for that reason explores how empathy is optimum while it
capabilities as a discussion, in addition to how theatre and function can utilise
the reside, emergent trade among our bodies in house to motivate extra dynamic,
dialogic encounters among performers and audience. 

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