By Valerie Barnes Lipscomb
This article explores how performers supply conscious-and unconscious-portrayals of the spectrum of age to their audiences. It considers numerous media, together with theatre, movie, dance, ads, and tv, and gives severe foundations for examine and path layout, sound pedagogical techniques, and analyses.
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