Watching War on the Twenty-First Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict

Author:   Clare Finburgh (University of Kent UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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9781350099418


Pages:   376
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Watching War on the Twenty-First Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict


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What do we watch when we watch war? Who manages public perceptions of war and how? Watching War on the Twenty-First-Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict is the first publication to examine how theatre in the UK has staged, debated and challenged the ways in which spectacle is habitually weaponized in times of war. The `battle for hearts and minds' and the `war of images' are fields of combat that can be as powerful as armed conflict. And today, spectacle and conflict - the two concepts that frame the book - have joined forces via audio-visual technologies in ways that are more powerful than ever. Clare Finburgh's original and interdisciplinary interrogation provides a richly provocative account of the structuring role that spectacle plays in warfare, engaging with the works of philosopher Guy Debord, cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, visual studies specialist Marie-Jose Mondzain and performance scholar Hans-Thies Lehmann. She offers coherence to a large and expanding field of theatrical war representation by analyzing in detail a spectrum of works, including expressionist drama, comedy and dance theatre. She demonstrates how features unique to the theatrical art, namely the construction of a fiction in the presence of the audience, can present possibilities for a more informed engagement with how spectacles of war are produced and circulated.

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Author:   Clare Finburgh (University of Kent UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Methuen Drama
Weight:   0.431kg
ISBN:  

9781350099418


ISBN 10:   1350099414
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Illustrations By Way of an Introduction 1. War and/as Spectacle 2. Helmets: Soldiering as Spectacle 3. Headscarves: `Terrorism' as Spectacle 4. Hoods: Human Rights Abuses Omitted from Spectacle Conclusion. `Violence without Violence' Bibliography Index

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Exploring a gamut of works and issues, from the challenges of realism, to the use of documentary theater produced verbatim from transcripts, to the challenge of not staging victimhood while giving voice to victims, this volume fills a gap in the literature. Summing Up: Recommended. * CHOICE *


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Clare Finburgh is an academic in the department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Her research focuses on French, Francophone and UK contemporary performance, notably innovations in French modern and contemporary playwriting and directing; and representations of conflict in UK theatre. She has co-written Jean Genet (with David Bradby, 2011) and co-edited Genet Politics and Performance (2006), Contemporary French Theatre and Performance (2011) and Rethinking Absurdist Theatre: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015).

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