Do You Believe in Fairies?: The Hiss of Dramatic License

  title={Do You Believe in Fairies?: The Hiss of Dramatic License},
  author={Tracy C. Davis},
  journal={Theatre Journal},
  pages={57 - 81}
When Peter Pan asks audiences to affirm their belief in fairies in order to revive Tinker Bell, this can be interpreted as an affirmation of the willing suspension of disbelief thought to be an essential condition of theatrical spectating. However, closer analysis of the original 1904 production of Peter Pan, including its variation from conventional pantomime, reveals the intertext of two contemporaneous debates in ethnology: the idea that the last of the fairy folk were departing from Britain… Expand

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