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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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Theatres in the Round: New Perspectives on Comparative Drama Dorothy FIGUEIRA and Marc MAUFORT University of Georgia and Université Libre de Bruxelles 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 both a traditional comparative analysis of theatre across 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 journey around the globe takes flight in Northern Europe. Indeed, Steven Sondrup’s opening essay questions the very boundaries of dramatic genre through a re- examination of the performative potentialities of the Scandinavian Poetic Edda. The subsequent sections are organized around two main thematic clusters comparing the many shapes of twentieth- and twenty-first- century dramaturgies. The first of these units deals with the diversity of multi-ethnic and Indigenous voices that have recently emerged in world drama. Taken together, the essays collected in this section explore how multi-ethnic and Aboriginal playwrights have tried to resist being exoticized and in turn exoticizing their material in their respective predominantly Western cultures. The experimental, indeed almost trickster-like, nature of their dramaturgies precludes easy categorization. In his analysis of the growing body of multicultural drama in the U.K., Geoffrey Davis shows...

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