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Shaw’s Pygmalion : The Play’s the Thing

Shaw’s Pygmalion : The Play’s the Thing ABSTRACT: Shaw, the larger-than-life playwright who called himself “a bit of an actor,” was often preoccupied with role-playing. In “Acting, by One Who Does Not Believe in It,” a paper delivered at a Fabian meeting in 1889, Shaw asserted that acting—often denounced as shamming—can actually be an avenue to “metaphysical self-realization.” Employing a metadramatic approach to Pygmalion , the following article finds connections between Shaw’s career as a dramatist and the mixed outcomes of Henry and Eliza’s journeys into “metaphysical self-realization.” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies Penn State University Press

Shaw’s Pygmalion : The Play’s the Thing

SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies , Volume 36 (2) – Nov 15, 2016

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Shaw, the larger-than-life playwright who called himself “a bit of an actor,” was often preoccupied with role-playing. In “Acting, by One Who Does Not Believe in It,” a paper delivered at a Fabian meeting in 1889, Shaw asserted that acting—often denounced as shamming—can actually be an avenue to “metaphysical self-realization.” Employing a metadramatic approach to Pygmalion , the following article finds connections between Shaw’s career as a dramatist and the mixed outcomes of Henry and Eliza’s journeys into “metaphysical self-realization.”

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SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 15, 2016

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