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New Territories

Theatre, Drama, and Performance in Post-apartheid South Africa


Edited By Greg Homann and Marc Maufort

South African theatre, drama, and performance is a vibrant and rapidly developing area of contemporary theatre studies. In this critical anthology of essays and interviews, some of the world’s most respected scholars and practitioners writing and working in the area of South African theatre today share their detailed examinations and insights on the complex and contradictory context of post-apartheid society. Loosely grouped into the categories of Theatre, Drama, and Performance, the essays collected here offer a sampling of work being staged, produced, and written in the country today. The contributors document, contrast, and analyse significant case studies, representing examples from site-specific performance to new South African plays, from traditional indigenous performance practice to the reimagining of Western classics. The anthology takes the year of South Africa’s first democratic election, 1994, as its departure point and includes a broad range of topics that capture the current paradigm.
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Texts, Cultures and Performances

This series presents innovative research work in the dramaturgies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Its main purpose is to re-assess the complex relationship between textual studies, cultural and/or performance aspects at the dawn of this new multicultural millennium. The series offers discussions of the link between drama and multiculturalism (studies of “minority” playwrights – ethnic, Aboriginal, gay, and lesbian), reconsiderations of established playwrights in the light of contemporary critical theories, studies of the interface between theatre practice and textual analysis, studies of marginalized theatrical practices (circus, vaudeville, etc.), explorations of emerging postcolonial drama, research into new modes of dramatic expressions and comparative or theoretical drama studies.

The Series Editor, Marc MAUFORT, is Professor of English literature and drama at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Series Titles

No.33 – Birgit DÄWES and Marc MAUFORT (eds.), Enacting Nature. Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance, 2014, ISBN 978-2-87574-146-2

No.32 – Gerald GILLESPIE, Ludwig Tieck’s Puss-in-Boots and Theater of the Absurd. A Commentated Bilingual Edition, 2013, ISBN 978-2-87574-026-7

No.31 – Julie VATAIN, Traduire la lettre vive. Duos anglais sur la scène française, 2012, ISBN 978-2-87574-012-0

No.30 – Ève FEUILLEBOIS-PIERUNEK (dir.), Théâtres d’Asie et d’Orient. Traditions, rencontres, métissages, 2012, ISBN 978-90-5201-847-8

No.29 – Thierry DUBOST (ed.), Drama Reinvented. Theatre Adaptation in Ireland (1970-2007), 2012, ISBN 978-90-5201-800-3

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