Agitated States: Performance in the American Theater of Cruelty

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University of Michigan Press, 2002 - 239 strani
From the earliest Puritan displays of piety and rectitude to the present-day epidemic of staged school massacres, the history of America has been characterized by a dual impulse: to cast public event and character as high drama, and to dismiss theater and theatricalization as un-American, even evil. This book rethinks American history as theater, and theater as the ethos and substance of American life, ironically repudiated at every turn by the culture it produces.
Beginning with the writings of John Winthrop and others, through the Federalist and "romantic" stages of American cultural life, and into the modern and contemporary periods, Anthony Kubiak finds an America not usually discovered by traditional or materialist approaches to history. He deploys the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan, the cultural theory of SlavojZizek, and the performance theory of Herbert Blau in an unparalleled reappraisal of dominant American identity, culture, and history.
Anthony Kubiak is Associate Professor of English, University of South Florida. He is also author of Stages of Terror: Terrorism, Ideology, and Coercion as Theatre History.
 

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The American Theater of Cruelty
1
Puritanism and the Early American Theaters of Cruelty
27
The Resistance to Theater in the Conquest of America
51
Ripping Good Time History Blindsight and Amnesic Thought
77
Excursus The Thought of an American Theater
107
What Child Is This? ONeill Albee Shepard and the Body of the Repressed
129
Splitting the Difference Performance and Its Double in American Culture
155
Nothing Doing
183
Epilogue
199
Notes
203
Bibliography
225
Index
233
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