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Performance, Subjectivity, Cosmopolitanism

Authors: Meerzon, Yana

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This book looks at the connection between contemporary theatre practices and cosmopolitanism, a philosophical condition of social behaviour based on our responsibility, respect, and healthy curiosity to the other. Advocating for cosmopolitanism has become a necessity in a world defined by global wars, mass migration, and rise of nationalism. Using empathy, affect, and telling personal stories of displacement through embodied encounter between the actor and their audience, performance arts can serve as a training ground for this social behavior. In the centre of this encounter is a new cosmopolitan: a person of divided origins and cultural heritage, someone who speaks many languages and claims different countries as their place of belonging. The book examines how European and North American theatres stage this divided subjectivity: both from within, the way we tell stories about ourselves to others, and from without, through the stories the others tell about us. 

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Professor Yana Meerzon teaches for the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa. Her research interests are in drama and performance theory, and theatre of migration and nationalism. Her book publications with Palgrave include Performing Exile – Performing Self: Drama, Theatre, Film (2012), Performance, Exile and ‘America’ (2009), History, Memory, Performance (2015); and Migration and Stereotypes in Performance and Culture (2020).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Setting the Stage: Performing the Divided Self of a New Cosmopolitanism

    Pages 1-32

    Meerzon, Yana

  • Dramaturgies of the Self: Staging the Décalage of Vernacular Cosmopolitanism

    Pages 35-74

    Meerzon, Yana

  • ‘Speaking in Tongues’: Staging Hospitality of (Non)Translation

    Pages 75-113

    Meerzon, Yana

  • Dramaturgies of the Body: Staging Stranger-Fetishism in a Cosmopolitan Solo Performance

    Pages 117-154

    Meerzon, Yana

  • Staging Cosmoprolis: Constructing the Chorus Play

    Pages 155-193

    Meerzon, Yana

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performance, Subjectivity, Cosmopolitanism
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41410-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41410-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41409-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 290
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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