Text & Presentation, 2005

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About the Book

Text & Presentation is an annual publication devoted to all aspects of theatre scholarship. It represents a selection of the best research presented at the international, interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference.
This anthology includes papers from the 29th annual conference held in Northridge, California. Topics covered include drama in Ireland, Greece, England, Eastern Europe, Korea, Japan and North America.

About the Author(s)

Stratos E. Constantinidis, former director of the Comparative Drama Conference and former editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, teaches in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University and lives in Columbus.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Stratos E. Constantinidis
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 272
Bibliographic Info: 7 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2580-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5540-9
Imprint: McFarland
Series: The Comparative Drama Conference Series

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Preface      1

1. Aristophanes and the Theatre of Burlesque      3

2. The Dramatic Force of Questions in Early Modern Drama      15

3. The Globalization of “Riverbed Beggars”      28

4. Constance Ledbelly’s Birthday: Construction of the Feminist Archetype of the Self in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)       43

5. Waking Up with Kaffirs: The Challenge of Maintaining the Social Fabric in The Iceman Cometh      56

6. A Prolegomenon to Comparative Drama in Canada: In Defense of Binary Studies      66

7. Olga Taxidou’s Medea: A World Apart in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1997      81

8. A Politics of the Heart: The Use of Alienation and Yeats’s The Dreaming of the Bones      93

9. Tian Han, Western Theatre, and Japan: The Problem with Source-Based and Target-Based Intercultural Models      106

10. “Improvisation of Local Character”: Representations of Tragedy in the Absence of Theatre      119

11. Kimchi and Corn: Asian American Liminality in Sung Rno’s Cleveland Raining      132

12. “Fair Fierce Women”: From the Rat-Wife and Peg Inerny to Cathleen Ni Houlihan      145

13. Crossover Cross-Dressing: Vampire Lesbians and the Assimilation of Ridiculous Theatre      159

14. Poets and Ghosts Before Breakfast: O’Neill, Keats, and Le Fanu      169

15. Playing with History in a Private Space in Taesok Oh’s Gynewah Gyrungyee and Apsana Dang yugra Ogeuma Miryora      183

16. “Metaphors Made Flesh”: Embodying Allegory in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses      195

17. Frank Castorf’s Vision of America: The Pathology of Cultural Roles in a Mediatized Society      212

18. Samuel Beckett: A Review Essay      223

REVIEW OF LITERATURE: SELECTED BOOKS

W. B. Worthen, Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance      229

Terry Eagleton, Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic      231

Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare      234

Erroll G. Hill and James V. Hatch, eds., A History of African American Theatre      236

Penny Farfan, Women, Modernism, & Performance      238

Harry J. Elam, Jr. The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson      241

Edith Hall, Fiona Macintosh, and Amanda Wrigley, eds., Dionysus Since 69: Greek Tragedy at the Dawn of the Third Millennium      244

John Conteh-Morgan and Tejumola Olaniyan, eds. African Drama and Performance      246

Index      251

Book Reviews & Awards

“edited with care…preserves the conference experience by extending its scholarly dialogue to the wider reading community…many fine essays”—New England Theatre Journal.