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Performing Statelessness in Europe

Authors: Wilmer, S.E.

  • Interrogates the way in which artistic works can challenge prejudice against stateless and dispossessed people
  • Explores a range of artistic works, from adaptations of Greek tragedy to documentary dramas
  • Offers an account of performance methods that have sought to challenge and criticise governmental and transnational failings
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About this book

This book examines performative strategies that contest nationalist prejudices in representing the conditions of refugees, the stateless and the dispossessed. In the light of the European Union failing to find a political solution to the current migration crisis, it considers a variety of artistic works that have challenged the deficiencies in governmental and transnational practices, as well as innovative efforts by migrants and their hosts to imagine and build a new future. It discusses a diverse range of performative strategies, moving from a consideration of recent adaptations of Greek tragedy, to performances employing fictive identification, documentary dramas, immersive theatre, over-identification and subversive identification, nomadism and political activism. This study will appeal to those interested in questions of statelessness, migration, and the problematic role of the nation-state.

About the authors

S. E. Wilmer is Professor Emeritus in Drama and former Head of the School of Drama, Film and Music at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University and UC Berkeley and Research Fellow at the International Research Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures at the Freie Universität, Berlin. He is the author of Theatre, Society and the Nation.

Reviews

“Stephen Wilmer has for some time been among the most prominent scholars internationally in studying this important relationship between theatrical production and concept of the nation, and like many of my colleagues I have found his work of enormous help in dealing with these deeply intertwined cultural expressions...Just as the work of Steve Wilmer has been central during the past decade to an understanding of the phenomenon of the national theatre, so his new book provides essential insight into the new social and theatrical phenomenon of statelessness, which is both the opposite of nationalism and paradoxically a malign result of it. All students of theatre as a social form will find this new work, as they did Steve's previous ones, invaluable in understanding and exploring this new manifestation.” (Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies, City University of New York, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wilmer, S. E.

    Pages 1-10

  • Recontextualization and Adaptation of Ancient Greek Dramas

    Wilmer, S. E.

    Pages 11-49

  • Performative Identification in Fictional Accounts

    Wilmer, S. E.

    Pages 51-72

  • Documentary Theatre by and about Refugees

    Wilmer, S. E.

    Pages 73-96

  • Unwed Mothers, Asylums and Immersive Theatre

    Wilmer, S. E.

    Pages 97-119

Buy this book

eBook £62.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69173-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69172-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing Statelessness in Europe
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69173-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69173-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69172-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 245
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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