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Performance, Subjectivity, Cosmopolitanism

Authors: Meerzon, Yana

  • Contributes to international performance studies by introducing readers to new and unfamiliar works
  • Dialogues with theatre and performance studies, philosophy and critical theoryMakes a timely contribution, given the current international socio-political and cultural context
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This book looks at the connection between contemporary theatre practices and cosmopolitanism, a philosophical condition of social behaviour based on our responsibility, respect, and healthy curiosity to the other. Advocating for cosmopolitanism has become a necessity in a world defined by global wars, mass migration, rising xenophobia, and nationalism. Theatre is well-positioned to address these issues. Using empathy, affect, and the telling of personal stories of displacement through embodied encounters between the actor and their audience, performance arts can serve as a training ground for this social behavior. In the centre of this encounter is the new cosmopolitan: a person of divided origins and cultural heritage, someone who speaks several languages and claims different countries as their home or place of belonging. The book examines how different theatre practices in Europe and North America stage this divided subjectivity: both from within, the way we tell stories about ourselves to others, and from without, through the stories that others tell about us. Structured in three sections – encounters in language, encounters in body, and encounters in time/space and history – the book studies artistic strategies of constructing the divided self on and off stage, both as individual experiences, including multilingual solo-performances and one-to-one productions, and placing the individual within a group, within the contemporary chorus play and performance walking. 

About the authors

Yana Meerzon teaches in the Department of Theatre at University of Ottawa, Canada. Her research interests are in drama and performance theory, and theatre of migration and nationalisms. Her book publications include A Path of the Character: Michael Chekhov's Inspired Acting and Theatre Semiotics (2005) and Performing Exile – Performing Self: Drama, Theatre, Film (2012). She has co-edited several collections, such as Performance, Exile and ‘America’ (2009), Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations (2012), History, Memory, Performance (2015), and The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov (2017). A special issue of the journal Modern Drama (2018) and the volume Dramaturgy of Migration: Staging Multilingual Encounters (2019) have seen her focus on multilingualism and migration. With an ongoing interest in theatre and immigration in Canada, she edited a special issue of Theatre Research in Canada (2015) and a two-volume project published by Playwrights Canada (2019). 

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  • Due: September 11, 2020
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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performance, Subjectivity, Cosmopolitanism
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41410-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41409-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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