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Austerity and the Public Role of Drama

Performing Lives-in-Common

Authors: Merriman, Victor

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  • Takes a transnational approach that brings in performance and critical perspectives under-represented in theatre scholarship
  • Challenges received readings of classical and radical scripts and performances
  • Argues for social science to take account of readings of performance tropes and conventions developed by performance theorists
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This book asks what, if any, public role drama might play under Project Austerity – an intensification phase of contemporary liberal political economy. It investigates the erosion of public life in liberal democracies, and critiques the attention economy of deficit culture, by which austerity erodes life-in-common in favour of narcissistic performances of life-in-public. It argues for a social order committed to human flourishing and deliberative democracy, as a counterweight to the political economy of austerity. It demonstrates, using examples from England, Ireland, Italy, and the USA, that drama and the academy pursue shared humane concerns; the one, a critical art form, the other, a social enabler of critical thought and progressive ideas. A need for dialogue with emergent forms of collective consciousness, new democratic practices and institutions, shapes a manifesto for critical performance, which invites universities and cultural workers to join other social actors in imagining and enabling ethical lives-in-common.

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Victor Merriman is Professor of Critical Performance Studies at Edge Hill University, UK. He is author of Because We Are Poor: Irish Theatre in the 1990s (2011). He was a member of An Chomhairle Ealaíon/Arts Council of Ireland (1993-1998), and chaired the council’s Review of Theatre in Ireland (1995-1996).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Austerity and the Public Role of Drama
Book Subtitle
Performing Lives-in-Common
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03260-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03260-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03259-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 175
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