Fangs Of Malice: Hypocrisy Sincerity And Acting (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture)

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The idea that actors are hypocrites and fakes and therefore dangerous to society was widespread in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Fangs of Malice examines the equation between the vice of hypocrisy and the craft of acting as it appears in antitheatrical tracts, in popular and high culture, and especially in plays of the period. Rousseau and others argue that actors, expert at seeming other than they are, pose a threat to society; yet dissembling seems also to be an inevitable consequence of human social intercourse. The antitheatrical prejudiceo offers a unique perspective on the high value that modern western culture places on sincerity, on being true to one's own self.

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Matthew Wikander is professor of English at the University of Toledo and the author of The Play of Truth and State: Historical Drama from Shakespeare to Brecht and Princes to Act: Royal Audience and Royal Performance, 1578-1792. He is a founding member of the North Coast Theatre, which performs in the galleries and for special exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art.

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