Fostering Dialogical Interaction: The Radical Side of Self-generated Dramatic Arts Activities
Inspired by bell hooks' term ‘radical openness’, I describe and discuss the processes I observed and participated in a community-based youth theater program in a large urban center in the United States. Through the use of self-generated dramatic arts activities, radical openness or a ‘dialogue between comrades’ developed in this setting. The setting described is a manifestation of Bakhtin's notion of dialogical interaction, i.e., of coming to know the world through interaction with others and of his aesthetic theory and how art informs life. The self-generated dramatic arts activities allowed participants to engage in ‘radical revisions’ of their perceptions of themselves as writers, readers, thinkers and actors in the world.
Christopher Worthman (2006) Fostering Dialogical Interaction: The Radical Side of Self-generated Dramatic Arts Activities, NJ, 30:1, 23-33, DOI: 10.1080/14452294.2006.11649486