Staging Place

Staging Place : The Geography of Modern Drama

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 153.67 x 229.11 x 28.19mm | 498.95g
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0472065890
  • 9780472065899
  • 1,225,472

About Una Chaudhuri

Una Chaudhuri is Associate Professor of English, New York University.
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