Mapping Cultural Identity in Contemporary Australian Performance (Dramaturgies #2) (Paperback)

Mapping Cultural Identity in Contemporary Australian Performance (Dramaturgies #2) By Marc Maufort (Editor), Helena Grehan Cover Image
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This is book number 2 in the Dramaturgies series.


This book is an important addition to the current body of scholarly material on contemporary performance and theatre as it provides both a detailed focus on a number of important performance works as well as developing a framework for the interpretation of contemporary performance.
Through a detailed critical reading of four key Australian performance pieces, Tiger Country, Ningali, The 7 Stages of Grieving and The Geography of Haunted Places the author demonstrates the myriad ways in which cultural identity can be represented and interpreted in performance.
Grehan takes as her point of departure questions of place, belonging and cultural identity as they are currently considered and uses these questions to formulate an analytical framework for contemporary performance. Drawing on theoretical ideas of Gilles Deleuze and F lix Guattari, Rosi Braidotti and Edward Casey, the author develops her own theory of mapping as an analytical tool which is adaptable and contingent, and can facilitate the opening up of the multiple layers of meaning within contemporary performance. In the process questions are raised about the relevance of terms such as belonging, place and representation within the often fraught post-colonial cultural landscape.

About the Author

The Author: Helena Grehan is a lecturer in Theatre and Creative Arts at Murdoch University, Western Australia. She has published on interculturalism, post-colonialism and race in contemporary performance.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789052019475
ISBN-10: 9052019479
Publisher: P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Editions Scientifiques
Publication Date: June 19th, 2001
Pages: 172
Language: English
Series: Dramaturgies