Forms of Conflict

Contemporary Wars on the British Stage

By (author) Sara Soncini

Ebook (VitalSource) - £75.00

Publication date:

31 July 2019

Length of book:

314 pages

Publisher

University of Exeter Press

ISBN-13: 9780859890830

Forms of Conflict is a full-length study of the representation of contemporary warfare on the British stage and investigates the strategies deployed by theatre practitioners in Britain as they meet the representational challenges posed by the ‘new wars’ of the global era.

It questions how dramatists have responded aesthetically to the changing nature of conflict, focusing on plays written and performed after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Soncini examines how the works of playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Martin Crimp and Simon Stephens have provided an interpretative means to enlarge our understanding of the new patterns of conflict, ensuring theatre’s continued cultural and political relevance.

Forms of Conflict explores the relationship between new forms of warfare and new forms of drama, illustrating what dramatic form can reveal about the post-9/11 landscape and complementing a rapidly growing field of contemporary war studies.

The appendix contains a complete list of war-related plays staged in Britain between 1990 and 2010, with a brief description of their topic and approach.

Uno studio esemplarmente interdisciplinare.

Accanto alle forme del teatro di guerra contemporaneo, ricostruite e indagate con una scrittura agile e vivace, mediate da uno sguardo critico raffinato e scrupolosamente analitico, emergono infatti le opacità e le ambiguità dei conflitti che quella scena illumina. E vengono ripercorse con circostanziata meticolosità le pieghe di una violenza mistificata dagli scenari e dalle narrazioni mediatiche. Per questo sguardo multiplo – estetico, storico e culturale – sostenuto da un solidissimo apparato teorico e bibliografico, Forms of Conflict si propone come un contributo prezioso per chi voglia capire, a ttraverso le forme tuttora in divenire di questo teatro, le logiche di una violenza che continua a perpetuarsi nelle “nuove guerre.”

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