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Theatricality, Dark Tourism and Ethical Spectatorship

Absent Others

Authors: Willis, E.

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About this book

Works of theatre that depict grievous histories derive their force from making audible voices of the past. Such performances, theatrical or tourist, require the attentive belief of spectators. This engaging new study explores how theatricality works in each instance and how 'playing the part' of the listener can be understood in ethical terms.

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Emma Willis is an academic and artist based in Aotearoa New Zealand where she teaches Drama at the University of Auckland. In addition to publishing performance criticism, she works as a writer, director and dramaturge in theatre, dance and radio.

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"Emma Willis's worthy project, Theatricality, Dark Tourism and Ethical Spectatorship, places works for the theatre in dialogue with place-based memorials. Willis offers us practice-centered analysis for diverse objects of study. Following Willis as she takes on the challenges of these ethical/aesthetic encounters, readers will appreciate the book's ethorough research, sound argumentation, and elegant prose. An ambitious project effectively realized, this is insightful scholarship about a timely subject." - Laurie Beth Clark, University of Wisconsin, USA


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Notes for the Traveller: Introduction to the Journey Ahead

    Willis, Emma

    Pages 1-16

  • Landscapes of Aftermath

    Willis, Emma

    Pages 17-55

  • Performing Museums and Memorial Bodies: Theatre in the Shadows of the Crematoria

    Willis, Emma

    Pages 56-100

  • Vietnam: ‘Not the bullshit story in the Lonely Planet’

    Willis, Emma

    Pages 101-128

  • ‘Here was the place’: (Re)Performing Khmer Rouge Archives of Violence

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    Pages 129-160

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theatricality, Dark Tourism and Ethical Spectatorship
Book Subtitle
Absent Others
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32265-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137322654
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32264-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45847-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 251
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