Theatre and Human Rights after 1945

Things Unspeakable

Editors: Luckhurst, Mary, Morin, Emilie (Eds.)

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This volume investigates the rise of human rights discourses manifested in the global spectrum of theatre and performance since 1945. Essays address topics such as disability, discrimination indigenous rights, torture, gender violence, genocide and elder abuse.

About the authors

Ananda Breed, University of East London, UK Marvin Carlson, City University of New York, USA Cathy Caruth, Cornell University, USA Maryrose Casey, Monash University, Australia Michael M. Chemers, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA Catherine M. Cole, University of California, Berkeley, USA Emma Cox, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Mark Fleishman, University of Cape Town, South Africa Mary Luckhurst, University of Melbourne, Australia Michael McAteer, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary Carol Martin, New York University, USA Emilie Morin, University of York, UK

Reviews

“Editors … have collected an impressive range of international perspectives on human rights and theatre. … What the volume as a whole achieves is an insistence on theatre’s roles in wider cultural (often global) contexts that are about testimony, the recognition of past injustices, mediation, advocacy, and potential catharsis. Contributors offer engaging accounts of examples from a range of places (and eras) in which performance speaks of and through human rights abuses at the level of institutions, states, and international collusion.” (Aylwyn Walsh, New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 33 (1), February, 2017)

“I describe this book as vital to playwrights, artistic directors and serious artistic thinkers alike. … I learned much from this book and it will assist my own work as a playwright. … I suggest that whether you are a theatre practitioner or an audience member, your stage experience will be improved by reading these essays. As I said at the outset, Mary Luckhurst and Emilie Morin have compiled and edited a vital series of essays.” (Hubert O’Hearn, San Diego Book Review, October, 2015)



"This book defines vitally important new territory in thinking about the intersection of theatre, social engagement, and human rights. Nuanced readings of 20th and 21st-century performance practices investigate the unique role of theatre in relation to issues such as post-conflict violence, torture, elder abuse, political censorship, corporate labour practices, and disability. Cathy Caruth analyses the politics of listening and Catherine Cole writes magisterially on institutional ethics and the performance of genocide. This is a brilliant expose of the way performance can sometimes transcend and sometimes spectacularly fail in the wake of the famously unspeakable horrors of Auschwitz." - Yoni Prior, Deakin University, Australia

"This volume examines the critical and performative valency of 'unspeakability', by sensitively investigating its meanings within various historical and political contexts. Engaging with protest theatres in northern Africa, disability, indigenous rights, elder abuse, torture, sexual violence, and the ethical protocols of repatriating human remains, it offers an impressively diverse set of agendas on human rights. Theatre and Human Rights interrogates the 'unspeakable' in ways that will resonate with everyone and for a long time to come." - Joanne Tompkins, University of Queensland, Australia

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Theatre and the Rise of Human Rights

    Luckhurst, Mary (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Unspeakable Tragedies: Censorship and the New Political Theatre of the Algerian War of Independence

    Morin, Emilie

    Pages 21-38

  • Beyond Articulation: Brian Friel, Civil Rights, and the Northern Irish Conflict

    McAteer, Michael

    Pages 39-54

  • ‘Lapsing into Democracy’: Magnet Theatre and the Drama of Unspeakability in the New South Africa

    Fleishman, Mark

    Pages 57-73

  • The Great Australian Silence: Aboriginal Theatre and Human Rights

    Casey, Maryrose

    Pages 74-89

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theatre and Human Rights after 1945
Book Subtitle
Things Unspeakable
Editors
  • Mary Luckhurst
  • Emilie Morin
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36230-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137362308
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36229-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 254
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