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Staging International Feminisms is a landmark anthology of international feminist theatre research - the first publication of its kind to bring feminist critical attention to theatre, theory, activism and performance in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South Americas. A three-part structure orientates readers through Cartographies of feminist critical navigations of the global arena; the staging of feminist Interventions in a range of international contexts; and Manifestos for today's feminist practitioners, activists and academics. Bringing together wide-ranging, accessible and lively contributions from feminist critics, writers and practitioners of international repute, Staging International Feminisms argues the necessity and urgency for feminism to be at work internationally. It is essential reading for all those with an interest in theatre, performance, cultural studies and women's studies.


Description

Staging International Feminisms is a landmark anthology of international feminist theatre research - the first publication of its kind to bring feminist critical attention to theatre, theory, activism and performance in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South Americas. A three-part structure orientates readers through Cartographies of feminist critical navigations of the global arena; the staging of feminist Interventions in a range of international contexts; and Manifestos for today's feminist practitioners, activists and academics. Bringing together wide-ranging, accessible and lively contributions from feminist critics, writers and practitioners of international repute, Staging International Feminisms argues the necessity and urgency for feminism to be at work internationally. It is essential reading for all those with an interest in theatre, performance, cultural studies and women's studies.


Reviews

'One of the achievements of Staging International Feminisms is its impressive encapsulation of the potential of theatre...the articles in this very useful collection are well written, and are persuasively and passionately argued...collectively, the chapters bring a richness of experience and theory to each analysis...Staging International Feminisms is an excellent compendium of twenty-first century international feminisms in a broad context of performance.  Its range of performance contexts locates multiple interpretations of feminism, but throughout, it offers theoretically sophisticated arguments and practical, community - based work that look towards a better future.'  Joanne Tompkins, University of Queensland, Contemporary Theatre Review


Contents

List of Illustrations
Series Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; E.Aston & S-E.Case
PART ONE: CARTOGRAPHIES
Bloody Aprons: Suzan-Lori Parks, Deborah Warner and Feminist Performance in the Age of Globalization; E.Diamond
Mind Yourself: On Soundwalking, Race and Gender; K.Shimakawa
Globalizing Neoliberalism, Travelling Feminisms: Pollesch@Prater; K.Sieg
The Queer Globe Itself; S-E.Case
PART TWO: INTERVENTIONS
Actress Stories: Binodini and Amal Allana; B.Dutt
Stockholm Interventions: Feminist Activist Performance; T.Rosenberg
Women's Writing for Performance Project: 'Making' a Feminist Intervention; E.Aston
Reconstructing a Diasporic Female Self in O Kyong-Sook's Dictee - A Speaking Woman; J-S.Shim
Giving Back to Judith: Laura Curino's Una stanza tutta per me/ A Room of My Own; R.Gandolfi
Anticipating Globalization: Rosamond Gilder and the International Theatre Institute; C.Canning
Exile and the Elusive Qualities of Time; J.Holledge
Cultural Memory in El Séptimo Cielo: An International Staging of Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine; N.Hernando-Real
Stretching Medea to Postmodern Sensibilities; E.Sakellaridou
A Journey Towards Sensitisation and Empowerment: Feminist Performance and Intervention Theatre in the City of Jaipur; A.Pande
The Demon's Nuns: Petrona de la Cruz Cruz and Isabel Juárez Espinosa (Mexico); D.Taylor
PART THREE: MANIFESTOS
Reflection on the work that is being done within FOMMA with respect to women, gender and patriarchy, change, new generations and new technologies; I.J.Espinosa
MAKE SOMETHING: a manifesto for making performance about making change; L.Weaver & P.Shaw
Pakistani Muslim Theatre at Home and Abroad: A Critical Manifesto for a Feminist Home-Coming; F.Afzal-Khan
Reflections on My Literary Performance Theatre: A Manifesto for Nigerian Women; I.I.Salami-Agunloye
A Manifesto for an Israeli She Monster; Y.Feiler
Feminist Performance and Utopia: A Manifesto; J.Dolan
Bibliography


Authors

ELAINE ASTON is Professor of Contemporary Performance at Lancaster University, UK. She has published extensively on feminist theatre and performance, and her major works include An Introduction to Feminism and Theatre (1997), Caryl Churchill (2001), Feminist Views on the English Stage (2003) and Feminist Futures? (co-edited with Geraldine Harris). She is currently serving as Associate Journal Editor for Theatre Research International.

SUE-ELLEN CASE is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. She has published extensively in the areas of feminist and lesbian performance, German theatre and new media. Her first book, Feminism and Theatre (1988) was followed by The Domain-Matrix: Performing Lesbian at the End of Print Culture (1996). She has also published critical anthologies such as Performing Feminisms and collections of plays such as The Divided Home/Land: Contemporary German Women's Plays (1992) and Split Britches: Lesbian practice /feminist performance (1996). Her most recent book is Performing Science and the Virtual (2007).