Worship, Plays, and Pageants
The range of pacifist performance is wide. Individuals and groups enacted their pacifism for intimate gatherings and for the larger public. Speeches, discussion, marches, picket lines, rallies, and public pledges emerged early and remained standard forms of pacifist action. This chapter focuses on the interwar period and on three modes of group performance that were widely used: worship services, plays, and pageants. It considers the written texts of readings, liturgies, and scripts; the gestures, actions, and visual signals through which the texts were embodied and enacted; and the effects of word and embodiment on participants and audience.
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