Theatre in the Context of the Yugoslav Wars

Editors: Dolečki, Jana, Halilbašić, Senad, Hulfeld, Stefan (Eds.)

  • Marks the first academic publication in English treating the various forms of theatre and cultural performances during the Yugoslav wars
  • Spans the fields of theatre studies, East European studies, history and sociology
  • Brings together an international range of expert contributors
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This book assembles texts by renowned academics and theatre artists who were professionally active during the wars in former Yugoslavia. It examines examples of how various forms of theatre and performance reacted to the conflicts in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Kosovo while they were ongoing. It explores state-funded National Theatre activities between escapism and denial, the theatre aesthetics of protest and resistance, and symptomatic shifts and transformations in the production of theatre under wartime circumstances, both in theory and in practice. In addition, it looks beyond the period of conflict itself, examining the aftermath of war in contemporary theatre and performance, such as by considering Ivan Vidić’s war trauma plays, the art campaigns of the international feminist organization Women in Black, and Peter Handke’s play Voyage by Dugout. The introduction explores correlations between the contributions and initiates a reflection on the further development of the research field. Overall, the volume provides new perspectives and previously unpublished research in the fields of theory and historiography of theatre, as well as Southeast European Studies.

About the authors

Jana Dolečki is a PhD candidate at the Department for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her current research focuses on wartime theatre in Croatia and Serbia.
Senad Halilbašić is a University Assistant and PhD candidate at the Department for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. His research focuses on theatre during the Bosnian war. Previous publications include the co-edited volume Bibliothek Sarajevo: Literarische Vermessung einer Stadt (2012).
Stefan Hulfeld is Professor of Theatre and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. His current research agendas focus on theatre historiography and theory. Publications include the chapters 'Modernist Theatre' in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History (2013) and 'Antitheatrical thinking and the rise of "theatre"' in A Cultural History of Theatre in the Early Modern Age (2017).

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hulfeld, Stefan (et al.)

    Pages 1-33

  • Testimony Borka Pavićević

    Pavićević, Borka

    Pages 37-43

  • Stages of Denial: State-Funded Theatres in Serbia and the Yugoslav Wars

    Šentevska, Irena

    Pages 45-62

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina’s National Theatres in the Context of Language Politics During the War

    Halilbašić, Senad

    Pages 63-81

  • Testimony Amela Kreso

    Kreso, Amela

    Pages 83-85

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theatre in the Context of the Yugoslav Wars
Editors
  • Jana Dolečki
  • Senad Halilbašić
  • Stefan Hulfeld
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98893-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98893-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98892-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 339
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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