Theatre as History in Südtirol/Alto Adige
This book investigates the political role of the theatre in reflecting, shaping and subverting patterns of cultural identity among the German-speaking South Tyrolese. Taking as its starting point the representation of history in a series of ambitious theatrical productions from the 1970s to the present, this study offers close readings of texts and performances and an examination of the belated development of professional theatre in the province. The role of theatre is analysed in terms of the broader historical and sociocultural factors at play in the shaping of South Tyrolese identity.
Acknowledgements vii A Note on Language ix Abbreviations xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Setting Out the Story: Establishing a Historiography for South Tyrolese Theatre 13 Chapter 2 Recasting the Hero: Gaismair’s Peasants Take to the Stage 25 Chapter 3 Staging the National Trauma: Dramatic Representations of the 1939 Option 49 Chapter 4 Remade, Refilmed, Restaged, Retold: Ezra und Luis oder die Erstbesteigung des Ulmer Münsters 105 Chapter 5 In the Shadow of the Siegesplatz: Shared Histories from Der Saubohnenprozess to La Scommessa 131 vi Chapter 6 Andreas Hofer Rides Again 179 Conclusion 199 Politics and Theatre in the South Tyrol: A Chronology 203 Bibliography 207 Index 217
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