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Staging Place

The Geography of Modern Drama. Theater: Theory/Text/Performance

By (author) Una Chaudhuri
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, United States
Published: 31st Jul 1995
Dimensions: w 229mm h 152mm
Weight: 740g
ISBN-10: 0472095897
ISBN-13: 9780472095896
Barcode No: 9780472095896
"Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama" reimagines the content and continuities of theater history and exposes underlying dialogues between "home and homelessness, belonging and exile"--a century-long struggle with the meaning and power of place, which the author terms "geopathology." By reading canonical works in conjunction with contemporary ones, Chaudhuri charts the evolution of a dramatic paradigm with profound theatrical and thematic implications.Chaudhuri starts with a discussion of a "poetics of exile" in early modern drama, where the figure of home is constructed as a locus of two conflicting impulses: the desire to find a stable site for individual identity and the desire to deterritorialize the self. By mid-century, she argues, a new discourse of "failed homecoming" begins to displace this geopathic model and replace the poetics of exile with a grim anti-poetics of immigration. She then employs postmodern and postcolonial theories of place and culture to define the emerging multiculturalism as a creative reworking of the figures of home, homecoming, homelessness, immigration and exile."This is a book of real originality. Its treatment of space in modern drama is elegant and powerful. . . ." --William B. Worthen, Northwestern University"Staging Place is a powerfully written book, deft in its handling of familiar and unfamiliar plays alike and eclectic in its use of theatrical sources." --"Essays in Theatre/ etudes theatrales""This sophisticated and well-written study for graduate students and their teachers explores modern drama's preoccupation with the seemingly irreconcilable discontinuities between the notions of home and homelessness, belonging and exile. . . . The readings of individual plays are fresh and invigorating. . . ." --"Choice"Una Chaudhuri is Associate Professor of English, New York University.

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