Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre

Overview

Doomed by Hope is a beautifully presented collection of essays by writers and artists which traces the history of contemporary Arab theatre and its relationship to social change.

With contributors from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, and Yemen, this book includes both academic discussions and personal narratives, alongside a number of specially commissioned portraits of contemporary Arab theatre artists. The essays revolve around the legacy of the late Syrian dramatist...

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Overview

Doomed by Hope is a beautifully presented collection of essays by writers and artists which traces the history of contemporary Arab theatre and its relationship to social change.

With contributors from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, and Yemen, this book includes both academic discussions and personal narratives, alongside a number of specially commissioned portraits of contemporary Arab theatre artists. The essays revolve around the legacy of the late Syrian dramatist Saadallah Wannous, whose monumental plays incited audiences to rise up against tyranny decades ago.

This unique book is one of the first English language volumes on Arab theatre. In a highly topical manner following the Arab Spring, it explores cultural practices – from reading plays in a classroom to performing in a security state and directing in theatres, prisons, and international festivals – in times of revolt.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745333557
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David M. Berry is a lecturer in the Media and Communication department at the University of Swansea. He researches the philosophy of technology, medium theory, digital media and the social and political implications of the information society.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Elias Khoury
Introduction - Eyad Houssami
1. Remembering Saadallah Wannous - Jawad Al Asadi
2. Refugees on the Syrian Stage: Soiree for the 5th of June - Edward Ziter
3. Saadallah Wannous in Palestine: Speaking about the Elephant - Rania Jawad
4. Performance through the Egyptian Revolution: Tahrir Stories - Dalia Basiouny
5. Three Egyptian Plays in the Wake of the January Revolution - Samia Habib
6. Staging a Protest: Socio-Political Critique in Contemporary Yemeni Theatre - Katherine Hennessey
7. Practicing Theatre and Playwriting in Damascus - Abdullah Alkafri
8. Emerging Voices in Syrian Theatre - Meisoun Ali
9. The Things I Am Afraid To Tell You: Performing Palestine in Diaspora - Joseph Shahadi
10. Doomed by Dialogue, Saved by Curiosity: Arab Performances under American Eyes - Margaret Litvin
11. Shakespeare, Global Debris, and International Political Theatre -Sulayman Al Bassam
12. So Far Yet So Close - Rabih Mroue
13. Soiree for the Fifth of June: Syria Today and the Urgency of Dialogue - Asaad Al-Saleh
14. Theatre in Roumieh Prison - Zeina Daccache
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