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Queer exceptions

Solo performance in neoliberal times

By Stephen Greer

Queer exceptions

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1369-6
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: November 2018
  • BIC Category: Theatre Studies, Theatre studies, Individual actors & performers, Gender studies, gender groups, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Society & social sciences / Gender studies, gender groups, The arts / Theatre: individual actors & directors, The arts / Theatre studies
  • Series: Theatre: Theory – Practice – Performance

Description

Queer exceptions is a study of contemporary solo performance in the UK and Western Europe that explores the contentious relationship between identity, individuality and neoliberalism. With diverse case studies featuring the work of La Ribot, David Hoyle, Oreet Ashery, Bridget Christie, Tanja Ostojic, Adrian Howells and Nassim Soleimanpour, the book examines the role of singular or 'exceptional' subjects in constructing and challenging assumed notions of communal sociability and togetherness, while drawing fresh insight from the fields of sociology, gender studies and political philosophy to reconsider theatre's attachment to singular lives and experiences. Framed by a detailed exploration of arts festivals as encapsulating the material, entrepreneurial circumstances of contemporary performance-making, this is the first major critical study of solo work since the millennium.

Author

Stephen Greer is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Practices at the University of Glasgow

Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Locating solo performance
2. The martyr: dramaturgies of endurance, exhaustion and confession
3. The pariah: queer outcasts and the politics of wounded attachment
4. The killjoy: public unhappiness and theatrical scapegoats
5. The stranger: performing 'out-of-placeness' in the UK and Europe
6. The misfit: illness, disability and 'improper' subjects
7. The optimist: alternatives to neoliberalism in the here and now
Conclusion
References
Index

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