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Palgrave Macmillan

Performing Exile, Performing Self

Drama, Theatre, Film

ISBN 9780230371910
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Studies in International Performance

This book examines the life and art of those contemporary artists who, by force or by choice, find themselves on other shores; for whom the hardship of exile is both an existential ordeal and an opportunity to exercise their creative abilities, professional competence, and artistic resources. It argues that the exilic challenge enables the émigré artist to (re)establish new artistic devices, new laws and a new language of communication in both his/her everyday life and artistic work. It celebrates the creative propensity and artistic success that the state of exile can offer to an artist forced to deal with the typical exilic conditions of pain of displacement, nostalgia, and loss. The creative output and the fame of the artists selected for this study (Joseph Brodsky, Eugenio Barba, Wajdi Mouawad, Josef Nadj, Derek Walcott, and Atom Egoyan), present a variety of 'success stories' in exile that challenge the view of the exilic state as one of mourning, depression, disbelief, and constant suffering.

YANA MEERZON Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, Canada. Her research interests are in theater and drama theory. Her book The Path of a Character: Michael Chekhov's Inspired Acting and Theatre Semiotics was published in 2005. Her latest publication is a collection of articles (co-edited with Silvija Jestrovic) Performance, Exile and 'America', November 2009, Palgrave.

Prologue: Performing Exile – Performing Self
Heteroglossia of a Castaway
The Land of a Divide
The Dream of a Floating Island
The Quest for Exilic Anthropophany
Performing Media
The Prodigal Son
Framing the Ancestry
Epilogue: On the Lessons of Exilic Theatre, Performing Exile, Performing Self


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