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Terror on stage

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posted 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 Contents

Introduction -- 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.


"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 Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of English

Department, Centre or School

Department of English

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Marcelle Freiman

Additional Supervisor 1

Toby Davidson


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