Querying Difference in Theatre History Scott Magelssen

ISBN: 9781847183033

Published: October 1st 2007

Hardcover

195 pages


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Querying Difference in Theatre History  by  Scott Magelssen

Querying Difference in Theatre History by Scott Magelssen
October 1st 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 195 pages | ISBN: 9781847183033 | 9.47 Mb

Terms such as race, ethnicity, otherness, and pluralism are becoming increasingly problematic as we grapple with issues of identity in the post-multicultural discursive landscape of the twenty-first century. Querying Difference in Theatre HistoryMoreTerms such as race, ethnicity, otherness, and pluralism are becoming increasingly problematic as we grapple with issues of identity in the post-multicultural discursive landscape of the twenty-first century. Querying Difference in Theatre History comprises sixteen scholarly case studies in which authors tease out the limitations of contemporary discourse concerning ideas of difference in theatre history today.

The essays then incorporate new approaches, theories, and critical vocabulary for dealing with such issues. Unlike other works that address similar subjects, this volume arranges essays by mode of inquiry rather than by kind of difference. It offers essays that are complex and rigorous, yet accessible and pleasurable-ideal for use in graduate- and upper-division undergraduate theatre and performance classrooms. While difference may immediately conjure issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality, this volume also includes essays that examine differences more broadly construed: nationalisms, economic gradations, and so forth.

Particular topics in this volume range from intersections of class-based and sex-based politics in theatrical performances during the French Revolution, constructions of blackness and whiteness in turn-of-the-century American brothel dramas, fantasy heritage, examinations of immigrant, exile, and refugee dramatic characters vis-a-vis notions of diasporic space, to the political and methodological dilemmas raised when dealing with an individual or event that is repugnant or despicable to the historian (e.g., anti-gay funeral protests).



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