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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 The impetus for this volume of essays originated in a comparative drama seminar Dorothy Figueira and Marc Maufort organized on the occasion of the 2009 conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) in Boston. While most of the contributions contained in this volume were first presented at this Harvard seminar, the editors commissioned additional pieces by Ross Shideler, Kathleen L. Komar, and David O’Donnell in order to strengthen the book’s thematic coherence. Publication of the volume was made possible by a generous grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts of the University of Georgia. The editors wish to express their gratitude to Sylvie Vranckx’s invaluable assistance in preparing these essays for publication. P.I.E. Peter Lang’s production team, Alice de Patoul and Sandra Kuzniak, ensured that this critical anthology would conform to the highest editorial standards. Last but not least, Emilie Menz, P.I.E. Peter Lang’s commissioning editor, deserves to be thanked for the enthusiasm with which she supported this project from the start. Athens, Georgia, U.S.A., May 2010 Dorothy Figueira and Marc Maufort

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