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Performance and cure : drama and healing in ancient Greece and contemporary America /
Karelisa V. Hartigan.
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London : Duckworth, 2009.
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xiv, 124 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0715636391, 9780715636398 (pbk.)
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London : Duckworth, 2009.
isbn
0715636391
9780715636398 (pbk.)
catalogue key
6969823
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Karelisa V. Hartigan is Professor Emerita of Classics at the University of Florida. She is the author of Muse on Madison Avenue: Classical Myth in Contemporary Advertising (2002), Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (1995), Ambiguity Self-Deception: The Apollo Artemis Plays of Euripides (1991) and The Poets and the Cities (1979).
BIH Author Biography
Karelisa Hartigan is Professor of Classics Emerita, University of Florida. She is the author of Muse on Madison Avenue: Classical Myth in Contemporary Advertising (2002), Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (1995), Ambiguity & Self-Deception: The Apollo & Artemis Plays of Euripides (1991) and The Poets and the Cities (1979).
Summaries
Main Description
Karelisa Hartigan here suggests that drama was regularly performed in the theatres built within or adjacent to the ancient sanctuaries of Asklepios. She argues that a pageant which showed the enactment of the god healing prompted the dream therapy the patient experienced at the sanctuary. Patients who viewed this drama were ready to receive the nightly ministrations of the deity, his attendants and his animals while they slept in the dormitory at the Asklepieion. The book also investigates the importance of the mind-body relationship in the healing process, and concludes by presenting first-hand material based on Hartigan's experience doing Playback Theatre for patients at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida.
Main Description
Explores the role of drama in healing, from shrines of Asklepios in Ancient Greece to hospitals today. In this fascinating addition to the Classical/Interfaces series, Karelisa Hartigan suggests that drama was regularly performed in the theatres built within or adjacent to the ancient sanctuaries of Asklepios. She argues that a pageant which showed the enactment of the god healing prompted the dream therapy the patient experienced at the sanctuary. Patients who viewed this drama were ready to receive the nightly ministrations of the deity, his attendants and his animals while they slept in the dormitory at the Asklepieion. The book also investigates the importance of the mind-body relationship in the healing process, and concludes by presenting first-hand material based on Hartigan's experience doing Playback Theatre for patients at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida.
Main Description
In this fascinating addition to the "Classical Inter/faces" series, Karelisa Hartigan suggests that drama was regularly performed in the theatres built within or adjacent to the ancient sanctuaries of Asklepios. She argues that a pageant which showed the enactment of the god healing prompted the dream therapy the patient experienced at the sanctuary. Patients who viewed this drama were ready to receive the nightly ministrations of the deity, his attendants and his animals while they slept in the dormitory at the Asklepieion. To support her thesis, Hartigan discusses the mind-body relationship in the healing process, a relationship the medical profession is beginning to recognize. She concludes by presenting first-hand material based on her experience doing Playback Theatre for patients at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. In performing improvisational scenes at bedside or in a community space, she has witnessed how the mini-dramas lift the patients' spirits and offer them hope for a successful outcome to their illness.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Glossaryp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Drama and Healing in Contemporary Medicinep. 5
The Relationship Between Mind and Bodyp. 5
Art and Medicinep. 13
Drama and Healing in Ancient Greecep. 18
The Cult of Asklepiosp. 18
The Godp. 18
The Processp. 27
The Evidencep. 38
The Sanctuariesp. 45
Epidaurosp. 45
Other Major Healing Sitesp. 53
Regional Sitesp. 59
Local Sitesp. 69
Pausanias and Asklepiosp. 73
Athensp. 74
Drama and Healing in the Contemporary American Hospitalp. 81
Case Study: Shands Hospital at the University of Floridap. 81
Asklepios Beyond the Classical Worldp. 93
Asklepios and Jesusp. 93
Healing Saints of the Greek Orthodox Churchp. 97
Conclusion and Epiloguep. 100
Notesp. 105
Bibliographyp. 113
Indexp. 121
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