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Daniel Aaron Silver and Terry Nichols Clark

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226356853

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226357041.001.0001

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A Theory of Scenes

A Theory of Scenes

(p.29) 2 A Theory of Scenes

Daniel Aaron Silver

Terry Nichols Clark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter articulates a theory of scenes. More specifically, it develops concepts for answering the question: “what kind of a scene is this?” It comes in four sections. The first argues that any answer to the question has to be multi-dimensional, that is, any specific scene is a complex of many dimensions, like tradition, transgression, or self-expression. The second lays out a paradigm for organizing 15 such dimensions into three major types of meaning: authenticity, theatricality, and authenticity. The third shows how to combine these dimensions into complex wholes. The fourth discusses how we have measured and analysed these concepts to permit contrasting scenes from around the globe.

Keywords:   scenes, theory, theatricality, legitimacy, authenticity, multidimensionality, holism

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