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Murder by AccidentMedieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions$
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Jody Enders

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226207834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226207858.001.0001

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In Flagrante Theatro

In Flagrante Theatro

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Murder by Accident

Jody Enders

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes a series of real and hypothetical scenarios that illustrate the virtually infinite roles of intention on the stage. It examines Erving Goffman's theory about social obligations, adherence and transgression from the point of view of the theater collective. This chapter explores what the impossible murder by accident might look like on stage and argues that a critical obsession with breaking frame constitutes an obsession with breaking the theatrical contract.

Keywords:   intention, stage, theater, Erving Goffman, social obligations, adherence, transgression, murder, theatrical contract

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