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Tyrol or Not Tyrol

Theatre as History in Südtirol/Alto Adige

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On 19 June 1992 Austria and Italy declared the official resolution of the South Tyrol question – the dispute that had dominated relations between the two countries since the end of the First World War. While this bilingual province is today held up as a triumph of minority rights protection and a model for post-conflict societies across the world, the story of the South Tyrol since its amalgamation into the Italian state in 1919 has been a complex and often turbulent one.
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.

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Primary Literature Cainero, Ferruccio, La Scommessa/Die Wette (unpublished play manuscript, 2003). Feichtinger, Josef, Sankt Valentin: Szenen aus dem Südtiroler Exil. Ein Theaterstück (Bozen: Athesia, 1990). ——, Der Saubohnenprozess: Eine Posse (Bozen: Tappeiner Verlag, 1990). Knapp, Brigitte, Das Hofer-Casting: Eine Groteske (unpublished play manuscript, 2007). Köpf, Gerhard, Ezra und Luis oder die Erstbesteigung des Ulmer Münsters. Ein Spiel mit essayistischen Kletterhilfen zu Pound und Trenker. Edited by Christina Karafiat and Fabian Kametz (Innsbruck: Löwenzahn, 1994). Mitterer, Felix, Verkaufte Heimat. Eine Südtiroler Familiensaga von 1938 bis 1945 (Innsbruck: Haymon, 1989). Raf feiner, Josef, Kampf um die Heimat (unpublished play manuscript, 1940/41). Saller, Horst, Trudis und Rudis Wohlfühloase (unpublished play manuscript, 2007). Staf f ler, Hermann, Die Alpträumer (unpublished play manuscript, 2007). Südtiroler Kulturzentrum, Tyrol 1525: Szenen aus dem Bauernkrieg. Text, Dokumenta- tion und Kommentare (Bozen: Südtiroler Kulturzentrum, 1977). Verando, Giovanni, and Vito Calabretto, Alex Brücke Langer: A Composed Portrait (Milan: Edizioni Suivoni, 2003). Secondary Literature Abram, Kerstin, ‘Über die Zusammenarbeit in der Theaterwelt Süd- und Nordtirols 1985–1991’, unpublished thesis (University of Innsbruck, 1991). Alcock, Antony Evelyn, The History of the South Tyrol Question (London: Michael Joseph, 1970). 208 Bibliography Andergassen, Evelyn, ‘Beitrag einer Mitwirkenden’, in Südtiroler Kulturzentrum, Tyrol 1525: Szenen aus dem Bauernkrieg. Text, Dokumentation und Kommentare (Bozen: Südtiroler Kulturzentrum, 1977). Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities: Ref lections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London: Verso, 1983). ‘Arlecchino avrà sempre fame: Parlando con Ferruccio Cainero im Gespräch’....

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