By May Sarton
In this poignant and poetic novel, in retrospect on her sixty years, a death girl examines the nice relationships of her existence
When she learns that she is death, Laura Spelman vows to spend her ultimate 12 months simply on what issues such a lot. As she fast realizes, this suggests coming to phrases along with her so much fruitful and critical bonds—her "real connections"—all of that have been with ladies. From her tempestuous daughter and loved aunt, to a promising lesbian author she is mentoring and a adored good friend from her early life, Laura revisits her most important relationships, each one fraught with its personal historical past and meaning.
Insightful and witty, A Reckoning is an unforgettable portrait of 1 woman's trip to grab existence prior to it ends, and of the ability in embracing the truth that the main not easy interactions are frequently the main rewarding.
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Stiefel, E. (1975) L’Age d’Or (teste-Programme). Paris: Stock. Swain, John (1993) “Creative Contrarieties, the Commedia Heritage” Theatre Symposium, a Journal of the Southern Theatre Conference. Commedia dell’Arte Performance Context and Contents. Vol. 1 Ed. Philip Hill, C. Castagno, C Frankel and P. Schmitt. Tuscaloosa, US: University of Alabama Press. 17 This page intentionally left blank SCENARIOS This page intentionally left blank 2 FORM AND F REED O M Between scenario and stage Robert Henke The some eight hundred Commedia dell’Arte scenarios that survive attest to an art of improvisation that cannily negotiated flexibility and structure.
A play like “Il vecchio geloso” can be seen to reach down into 25 RO BERT HE N K E what might be considered a fourth-status level: the underground beggars, rogues, card sharps, itinerant entertainers, thieves, and prostitutes associated with the zanni—obliquely lending the Commedia dell’Arte a social resonance realized today by Dario Fo but too often obscured by the baroque visual trappings through which it is usually viewed. Verbal and physical enactment Having scanned the scenario to determine what kinds of scenes or speech-acts he or she would perform in the course of the play, in order to realize its verbal texture the actor could have then drawn largely upon pre-studied and pre-performed material, calling on the full archive of his or her past performance repertoire.
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