Differences on Stage
Differences on Stage is a collection of twelve original essays by leading international theatre critics and scholars, which aims to address the relationship between theatre and the development of political awareness through the voice of subaltern people. The book is enriched by the contributions of some of the most engaged protagonists of the stage, who, in their capacity as authors, players and directors, denounce prejudice and conformism whilst allowing the marginalized sections of society to speak out.
An authoritative overview of the theatre of differences, this book offers a key interpretation of contemporary society and underscores that, although theatre no longer holds a central position in our multi-media society, the theatre of marginalized spaces ironically becomes central again and regains its role as the brain and lungs of the community.
Differences on Stage covers a variety of topics across a multi-cultural and geographical spectrum, and its contributions present previously unexplored connections between the discourses of theatre and anthropological, cultural and translation studies, offering new critical readings, and drawing on recent theoretical frameworks.
Alessandra De Martino is Associate Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK, where she teaches Italian and Translation Skills. Her research interests focus on the relationship between language and power in theatre. Her writings include “The Relationship between Dialect, Theatre and Power in Antonio Gramsci”, in The Italianist.
Paolo Puppa is Professor of History of the Theatre in the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy, and a playwright. He has coedited A History of the Modern Stage. His latest books are La voce solitaria, and Racconti dal palcoscenico, among many others.
Paola Toninato is Associate Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. Her main research interests are in the areas of comparative cultural studies, Romani studies, and migration studies. Her publications include The Creolization Reader (coedited with Robin Cohen), and Romany Writing: Literacy, Literature and Identity Politics.
“A compelling collection of essays showing the effectiveness of ground-breaking performances on unorthodox stages, including mental institutions and prisons. It fills a significant gap in the discipline, and provides a useful book for students of theatre and cultural studies. Differences on Stage makes a powerful argument as to why audiences should go to the theatre with their thinking cap in hand.”
– Gaetana Marrone, Professor of French and Italian, Princeton University
“This collection of essays explores theatre on the margins outside regular playhouses, with Eugenio Barba’s third theatre looming large. While contemporary criticism sometimes heralds the death of theatre, this volume offers a fascinating account of vibrant theatrical events in places as diverse as prisons, psychiatric hospitals and Travellers camps.”
– Margaret Rose, Associate Professor of British Theatre Studies, University of Milan
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Alessandra De Martino
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