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Staging Difference

Cultural Pluralism in American Theatre and Drama – Second Printing

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Edited By Marc Maufort

This volume seeks to determine how contemporary American playwrights and theatre practitioners translate the current debate on cultural pluralism in the United States. While offering re-visions of the Melting Pot, they often challenge its idealistic assumptions, thus inscribing in their work the cultural difference of minorities. Up to now, scholars have studied isolated aspects of this phenomenon. Staging Difference tries to offer a more comprehensive vision, examining the influence of multiculturalism both on performance and dramatic literature.

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The Emergence of a New Multicultural Drama This page intentionally left blank Asian American Visibility: Touring Fierce Racial Geographies James S. Moy ... those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference; those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older, know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled. . . . It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Audre Lorde The American search for a transparent representational practice capable of providing visibility for peoples of color remains problematic. The established Eurocentric rules for the construction of a textual world of racial visibility provide at once the main stumbling blocks and a continuing location for academic amusement. Clearly, all western constructions of race have emanated from rules established for the privilege of the dominant white culture. Indeed, according to Aristotle, all who failed to live by the rule of Greek law were beasts, and subject to appropriate mistreatment. 1 While for sophisticated late twentieth-century poststructural theorists this early construction of the beastial other seems comical for its simplicity, it should be remembered that its logic provided the grounding for European race relations until quite recently. In this brief piece I will argue that its institutional agenda...

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