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Contemporary Performance InterActions

English Theatre and Social Abjection

A Divided Nation

Authors: Holdsworth, Nadine

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  • conceptually informed by political and social theory
    covers a number of urgent social and political issues
    offers lively and accessible analysis of a range of important plays and performances.

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Focusing on contemporary English theatre, this book asks a series of questions: How has theatre contributed to understandings of the North-South divide? What have theatrical treatments of riots offered to wider debates about their causes and consequences? Has theatre been able to intervene in the social unease around Gypsy and Traveller communities? How has theatre challenged white privilege and the persistent denigration of black citizens? In approaching these questions, this book argues that the nation is blighted by a number of internal rifts that pit people against each other in ways that cast particular groups as threats to the nation, as unruly or demeaned citizens – as ‘social abjects’. It interrogates how those divisions are generated and circulated in public discourse and how theatre offers up counter-hegemonic and resistant practices that question and challenge negative stigmatization, but also how theatre can contribute to the recirculation of problematic cultural imaginaries.

About the authors

Nadine Holdsworth is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. She is author of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre (2006) and Theatre & Nation (2010), co-author of The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre (2018), editor of Theatre and National Identity: Re-Imagining Conceptions of Nation (2014) and co-editor of A Concise Companion to British and Irish Drama (2008). 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Hardcover 69,54 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
English Theatre and Social Abjection
Book Subtitle
A Divided Nation
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Performance InterActions
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59777-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59777-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59776-2
Series ISSN
2634-5870
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 237
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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