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Performing Age in Modern Drama

Autor Valerie Barnes Lipscomb
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 13 iul 2016
This book is the first to examine age across the modern and contemporary dramatic canon, from Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams to Paula Vogel and Doug Wright.  All ages across the life course are interpreted as performance and performative both on page and on stage, including professional productions and senior-theatre groups.
The common admonition "act your age" provides the springboard for this study, which rests on the premise that age is performative in nature, and that issues of age and performance crystallize in the theatre.
Dramatic conventions include characters who change ages from one moment to the next, overtly demonstrating on stage the reiterated actions that create a performative illusion of stable age. Moreover, directors regularly cast actors in these plays against their chronological ages. Lipscomb contends that while the plays reflect varying attitudes toward performing age, as a whole they reveal a longing for an ageless self, a desire to present a consistent, unified identity. The works mirror prevailing social perceptions of the aging process as well as the tension between chronological age, physiological age, and cultural constructions of age.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781137512512
ISBN-10: 1137512512
Pagini: 201
Ilustrații: IX, 202 p.
Dimensiuni: 148 x 210 x 16 mm
Greutate: 0.38 kg
Ediția:1st ed. 2016
Editura: Palgrave Macmillan US
Colecția Palgrave Macmillan
Locul publicării:New York, United States

Cuprins

Introduction.- 1. Classics of Modern Drama.- 2. Contemporary Memory Plays.- 3. Contemporary Memory Plays II.- 4. The Continuum of Age.- 5. The Fullness of Self.- Bibliography.

Recenzii

“Performing Age makes significant contributions to theatre studies as well as aging studies by tracing the integral importance of age within a number of renowned plays in which it has to date been overlooked or disregarded. … This study breaks new ground for theatre studies and age studies in opening up both fields to new considerations … .” (Linda Heß, Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, Vol. 6 (02), November, 2018)


“Lipscomb skilfully reconsiders the centrality of aging in the western canon from Thornton Wilder to Paula Vogel, theorizing the performativity of age through an analysis of both text and performance. … its breadth is impressive, offering a suitable primer for emerging and established scholars interested in age studies or a more general audience interested in considering the centrality of age in the modern western theatre's most celebrated dramas.” (Benjamin Gillespie, Modern Drama, Vol. 60 (3), 2017)

Notă biografică

Valerie Barnes Lipscomb is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USA.  She serves on the executive committees of the North American Network in Aging Studies and the Modern Language Association Age Studies Forum. She co-edited Staging Age (2010) and has published in such journals as Comparative Drama, Journal of Ageing and Later Life, and Age, Culture, Humanities.

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This book is the first to examine age across the modern and contemporary dramatic canon, from Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams to Paula Vogel and Doug Wright.  All ages across the life course are interpreted as performance and performative both on page and on stage, including professional productions and senior-theatre groups.
Act your age.  This common admonition provides the springboard for this study, which rests on the premise that age is performative in nature, and that issues of age and performance crystallize in the theatre.
Dramatic conventions include characters who change ages from one moment to the next, overtly demonstrating on stage the reiterated actions that create a performative illusion of stable age. Moreover, directors regularly cast actors in these plays against their chronological ages. Lipscomb contends that while the plays reflect varying attitudes toward performing age, as a whole they reveal a longing for an ageless self, a desire to present a consistent, unified identity. The works mirror prevailing social perceptions of the aging process as well as the tension between chronological age, physiological age, and cultural constructions of age.