Terror on stage
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 20:22 authored by Alison Lyssa
Perpetrators of terror, torture and war spin language into sophistries, cloak power in illusions and enact a theatre of dismemberment upon their victims and the earth. How might a make-believe art subvert those actions on its stage? Drawing on Anne Ubersfeld's repudiation of "naturalistic realism" for the "passivity" it induces, Joanne Tompkin's study of Australian cultural production that "unsettles" the nation's raced and anxious surface, and Heiner Müller's notion of a performed image generating explosive, border-crossing force, this thesis investigates how two contemporary Australian tragedies and the writer's own playscript may "unsettle" received space and subjectivity, while lighting selfhoods and landscapes that violent power seeks to conceal.
Table of ContentsIntroduction -- First movement. Re-membering the body politic -- Second movement. Hurricane eye : a masque for the 21st century -- Third movement. The crafting of Hurricane eye -- Fourth movement. Subverting closure.
Notes"Thesis submitted in fulfilment of requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of English, Division of Humanities, Macquarie University, 2 March 2014" Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 353-369. Includes bibliographical references
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreePhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of English
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of English
Year of Award2014
Principal SupervisorMarcelle Freiman
Additional Supervisor 1Toby Davidson
RightsCopyright Alison Lyssa 2014. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au
Extent1 online resource (369 pages)
Former Identifiersmq:71939 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1279724
theatreplayscriptSewell, StephenAustralian drama -- Aboriginal Australian authors -- History and criticismAustralian dramaEnoch, Wesley, -- 1969-. -- Black Medea -- Criticism and interpretationrepresentation of terrorEnoch, WesleyAustralian drama -- 21st century -- History and criticismSewell, Stephen, -- 1953-. -- Gates of Egypt -- Criticism and interpretation