Performing Dream Homes

Theater and the Spatial Politics of the Domestic Sphere

Editors: Klein, Emily, Mobley, Jennifer-Scott, Stevenson, Jill (Eds.)

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  • Covers ?a variety of geographically diverse English-language productions and performances originating in the US, Ireland, and Canada
  • Represents a range of interdisciplinary topics and methodologies
  • Demonstrates how theatre and performance use home as the prism through which we reconcile shifts in national and cultural identity
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This anthology explores how theatre and performance use home as the prism through which we reconcile shifts in national, cultural, and personal identity. Whether examining parlor dramas and kitchen sink realism, site-specific theatre, travelling tent shows, domestic labor, border performances, fences, or front yards, these essays demonstrate how dreams of home are enmeshed with notions of neighborhood, community, politics, and memory. Recognizing the family home as a symbolic space that extends far beyond its walls, the nine contributors to this collection study diverse English-language performances from the US, Ireland, and Canada. These scholars of theatre history, dramaturgy, performance, cultural studies, feminist and gender studies, and critical race studies also consider the value of home at a time increasingly defined by crises of homelessness — a moment when major cities face affordable housing shortages, when debates about homeland and citizenship have dominated international elections, and when conflicts and natural disasters have displaced millions. Global struggles over immigration, sanctuary, refugee status and migrant labor make the stakes of home and homelessness ever more urgent and visible, as this timely collection reveals.

About the authors

Emily Klein is Associate Professor of English at Saint Mary’s College of California, USA. Her book, Sex and War on the American Stage: Lysistrata in Performance 1930-2012 (2014), was featured in The New York Times, Ms. and Vice. Her work has also appeared in Frontiers, Women and Performance, and Theatre Journal.
Jennifer-Scott Mobley is Assistant Professor of Theatre at East Carolina University, USA. She is the author of Female Bodies on the American Stage: Enter Fat Actress (Palgrave, 2014) and co-editor of Lesbian & Queer Plays from the Jane Chambers Prize (2018).
Jill Stevenson is Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, USA. She is the author of Sensational Devotion: Evangelical Performance in 21st-Century America (2013/2015) and Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture: Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York (Palgrave, 2010).

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“The essays are informative and varied, and in the aggregate, they function as a kind of conversation on which eavesdropping is a very engaging and, in the best chapters, thought provoking use of one’s time. … this one is an invitation to further scholarly and critical conversation. In the large arena of theatre representing homes—whether palaces, bourgeois houses, hovels, tenements, or squats under bridges—there remains much room for discussion, analysis, and innovation in production.” (Dorothy Chansky, Theatre Journal, Vol. 73 (2), June, 2021)
“Performing Dream Homes is a useful text for practitioners who want to more deeply consider their own stagings of home and for students seeking examples of praxis and practical critical analysis. Individual essays within the volume will also appeal to theatre scholars based on their shared interests with the contributors’ examples and/or approaches.” (Janet Werther, Theatre Topics, Vol. 31 (1), March, 2021)
“Performing Dream Homes is an extremely useful collection that will benefit both scholars and theatre practitioners. It will especially be of interest to feminists, performance studies scholars, theatre artists, and material culture scholars. The essays are relatively short and very readable, making the collection easily accessible for students and non-scholars, while still presenting theoretical insights that professional scholars will value. The book admirably engages a theoretically rich, complex set of ideas.” (Phillip Zapkin, Etudes, Vol. 5 (1), December, 2019)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing Dream Homes
Book Subtitle
Theater and the Spatial Politics of the Domestic Sphere
Editors
  • Emily Klein
  • Jennifer-Scott Mobley
  • Jill Stevenson
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01581-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01581-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01580-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 238
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
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