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Theatres in the Round

Multi-ethnic, Indigenous, and Intertextual Dialogues in Drama

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Edited By Dorothy Figueira and Marc Maufort

This collection of essays explores some of the avenues along which the field of comparative drama studies could be reconfigured at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It offers a comparative analysis of theatre across national and linguistic boundaries while simultaneously acknowledging newer trends in ethnic studies. Indeed, the contributors to this critical anthology productively combine traditional comparative literature methodologies with performance approaches and postcolonial perspectives. In this way, they shed new light on the intertextual, multi-ethnic, and cross-cultural dialogues linking theatrical traditions from Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific region. This book’s broad scope bears testimony to the fact that transnational studies can fruitfully illuminate the multiple dramatic voices of our increasingly globalized age.

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Acknowledgments ......................................................................................... 9 Dorothy Figueira and Marc Maufort Theatres in the Round: New Perspectives on Comparative Drama ............................................. 11 Steven P. Sondrup Thoughts on the Origin of Nordic Drama .............................................. 15 Geoffrey V. Davis “Uncomfortable Truths about Contemporary Britain”: Black and South Asian Theatre in the U.K. ........................................... 25 Caroline De Wagter Land and Cultural Memory: Djanet Sears’s The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God and Diane Glancy’s Jump Kiss: An Indian Legend ................................ 55 Harry J. Elam, Jr. and Michele Elam The High Stakes of Mixed Race: Post-Race, Post-Apartheid Performance in the U.S. and South Africa ............................................. 71 Marc Maufort Celebrating Indigeneity: Contemporary Aboriginal Playwriting in Canada and Australasia ...................................................................... 91 David O’Donnell Quoting the “Other”: Intertextuality and Indigeneity in Pacific Theatre ................................................................................. 109 Rossella Ferrari Beckett’s Chinese Progeny: Absurdity, Waiting, and the Godot Motif in Contemporary China ...................................... 133 Kathleen L. Komar A Punk-Rock Elektra: Ruth Margraff’s The Elektra Fugues ............... 161 Ross Shideler Per Olov Enquist’s and Racine’s Phaedra ............................................ 181 Dorothy Figueira Theories of Myth and Myths of Theory in Thomas Mann and Girish Karnad .................................................... 197 John Burt Foster Soyinka [Euripides-Nietzsche] Thomas Mann: Intertextual Dialogues across the Twentieth Century .......................... 211 Notes on Contributors ................................................................................ 229

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