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The Demons of John Gabriel Borkman


Brian Johnston


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Theatre is the art of apparitions. The curtain rises and suddenly the presences manifest themselves. Their appearance is their whole life. The actor, waiting in the wings, is a wholly different creature from the character who enters onstage. The great dramatist is the artist who most boldly and effectively presents us with memorable and forceful apparitions which then take on life by feeding off of our captive imaginations: a form of transfusion takes place in which we "enter into" the fictive characters and endow them with substantial life while they in turn take possessions of us.

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