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A landmark work of political and legal philosophy, Ronald Dworkin's Taking Rights Seriously was acclaimed as a major work on its first publication in 1977 and remains profoundly influential in the 21st century. A forceful statement of liberal principles - championing the legal, moral and political rights of the individual against the state - Dworkin demolishes prevailing utilitarian and legal-positivist approaches to jurisprudence. Developing his own theory of adjudication, he applies this to controversial public issues, from civil disobedience to positive discrimination. Elegantly written and cuttingly insightful, Taking Rights Seriously is one of the most important works of public thought of the last fifty years.

Author: Stanislavski Constantin
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781780935676
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2013

Explanatory Note by the Translator

1. Toward a Physical Characterization

2. Dressing a Character

3. Characters and Types

4. Making the Body Expressive

5. Plasticity of Motion

6. Restraint and Control

7. Diction and Singing

8. Intonations and Pauses

9. Accentuation: The Expressive Word

10. Perspective in Character Building

11. Tempo-Rhythm in Movement

12. Speech Tempo-Rhythm

13. Stage Charm

14. Toward an Ethics for the Theatre

15. Patterns of Accomplishment

16. Some Conclusions on Acting


Constantin Stanislavski (1863-1938) was a Russian director who sought 'inner realism' by insisting that his actors find the truth within themselves and 'become' the characters they portrayed. His work brought international fame to the Moscow Art Theatre, which he had co-founded with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko in 1897. During his early years at the Moscow Art Theatre, he directed the first productions of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1899), Three Sisters (1901) and The Cherry Orchard (1904) as well as a series of celebrated versions of Shakespeare. Stanislavski toured America with the company in 1923. After World War II, the US edition of Stanislavski's treatise An Actor Prepares (1926) became a bible of the Method school of acting.

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