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Theatres in the Round

Multi-ethnic, Indigenous, and Intertextual Dialogues in Drama


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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Notes on Contributors Geoffrey V. Davis has recently retired from his chair at Aachen University (RWTH), Germany. His research interests include Colonial and Postcolonial Writing, Drama and Film, with a particular emphasis on South Africa, Canada, and Australia. His recent publications include the co-edited volumes: Indigeneity: Culture and Representation and Staging New Britain: Aspects of Black and South Asian British Theatre Practice. He is co-editor of the series Cross/Cultures: Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi) and of the African studies series Matatu (Rodopi). He was the international chair of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) from 2007-2010. Caroline De Wagter completed a Master of Arts in Drama at Stanford University in 2005. In November 2009, she obtained her Ph.D. in Modern Languages and Literatures at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She has co-edited Signatures of the Past: Cultural Memory in Contemporary Anglophone North American Drama. She has also published several articles and book reviews in anthologies and journals such as Interlitteraria, BELL, and Studies in Theatre and Performance. She is currently working on her forthcoming book “Months on fire with songs”: Negotiating Multi-ethnic Identities on the Contemporary North American Stage (Rodopi, Cross/Cultures series). Harry J. Elam, Jr. is Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. He is the author of Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka, and The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson. He has...

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