Staging Nationalism: Essays on Theatre and National Identity
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BeschreibungWhen a nation wants to reconnect with a sense of national identity, its cultural celebrations, including its theatre, are often tinged with nostalgia for a cultural high point in its history. Leaders often try to create a ?neo-classical? cultural identity. Artificially returning to an imagined pinnacle, however, can fail to take into account new aspects of national identity, such as the infusion of other cultures and languages. This collection of essays discusses the relationship between political power and the construction or subversion of cultural identity. The collection takes a wide historical perspective from distinct periods and cultures from all over the world. A few of the topics examined include how theatre in 18th century Poland tried to reconstitute the identity of an imagined classical heritage clung to by Polish nobles and how festival practices during the French Revolution tried to give meaning to recent events and rein in anxiety about split loyalties.
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: MCFARLAND & CO INC
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2005
Seitenanzahl: 235 Seiten