The Dramatic Society : Essays on Contemporary Performance and Political Theory, Paperback / softback Book

The Dramatic Society : Essays on Contemporary Performance and Political Theory Paperback / softback

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All societies are, by their very nature, dramatic. They present themselves, especially for those who want to look back in time, as a fascinating and confusing whole of theatrical events and constructions.

Sometimes the theatre itself succeeds in capturing that fascination and confusion.

This book describes the dramatic society in the form of case studies that link politics, history and culture.

The Dramatic Society uses selected plays to examine specific moments in history.

Its range of subjects are extremely diverse, including Medea as an icon of terrorism, a choreography based upon Shakespeare's As You Like It, horror movies about the German unification, a truth commission dealing with "human zoos", and the reconstruction of Ai Weiwei's troubles with the tax authorities.

This collection of insightful essays deals with theatrical performances - including happenings, installations and movies - of the past fifty years, with every chapter attempting to link artistic events with politics and political theory, from Hannah Arendt to Slavoj Zizek. This is a revealing assessment of the ways in which drama and politics become intertwined, offering crucial insights for scholars and students of theatre studies, performance studies, contemporary politics and cultural studies.

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