A phenomenological inquiry into movement awareness illustrated through Zeami's theory of Noh

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Junko Yamaguchi (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Sarah M. Robinson

Abstract: The central concern of this inquiry is focused on the elucidation of the modes of awareness experienced by the moving being. The methodology used throughout the study is based upon phenomenological analysis. The theories of Alfred Schutz and Kitaro Nishida were reviewed as they were related to movement awareness. Zeami's treatises of the Noh performance (c.1400 - c.1436) were analyzed through a theoretical framework derived from the propositions of Schutz and Nishida in order to clarify the modes of movement awareness. Schutz's theory places emphasis on intentional, conscious acts or the bright layer of consciousness, whereas Nishida's theory takes notice of unconsciousness, pre-reflective awareness or the dark layer of consciousness, which has a direct contact with the Self in the center of the mind rather than the Ego. Zeami's theory is approached through the concepts of primitive mind, imitation, body-in-synthesized-perspective, and Nothingness in terms of body awareness, body concept, and self-realization as they stand for movement awareness.

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Language: English
Date: 1983
Zeami, $d 1363-1443
Schutz, Alfred, $d 1899-1959
Human mechanics
Phenomenological psychology
Existential psychology
Mind and body
Movement, Psychology of
Nishida, Kitaro, $d 1870-1945
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