Native American Drama: A Critical Perspective

Native American Drama: A Critical Perspective

by Christy Stanlake
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521519802

ISBN-13: 9780521519809

Pub. Date: 10/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The recent rise in publications and professional productions of Native American plays moves Native theatre from specific, cultural communities into larger, more generalized audiences, who quickly discover that Native plays are uniquely different from mainstream drama. This is because Native theatre is its own field of drama, one that enacts Native intellectual

Overview

The recent rise in publications and professional productions of Native American plays moves Native theatre from specific, cultural communities into larger, more generalized audiences, who quickly discover that Native plays are uniquely different from mainstream drama. This is because Native theatre is its own field of drama, one that enacts Native intellectual traditions existing independently from Western drama yet capable of extending mainstream theatrical theories. This study contends that Native dramaturgy possesses a network of distinctive discourses pertaining to Native American philosophies and relating to theatre's performative medium. Following an introduction that traces Native American theatre history from the 1900s to today, Native American Drama moves into a critical examination of Native dramaturgy. The study privileges voices of Native literary theorists, including Gerald Vizenor, Robert Allen Warrior, and LeAnne Howe, to introduce four Native discourses - platiality, storying, tribalography, and survivance - that intersect performative elements of space, speech, action, and movement. To demonstrate how these discourses address Native dramaturgy without reducing the multi-dimensionality of Native theatre, Stanlake applies them to Native plays, ranging from Lynn Riggs' The Cherokee Night to Tomson Highway's Ernestine Shuswap.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521519809
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations viii

Acknowledgments ix

List of abbreviations xi

1 A history of Native American drama 1

2 Developing a critical perspective for Native American drama 16

3 Native American platial history 32

4 Platiality in Native American drama 39

5 Native storytelling 107

6 Storying and tribalography in Native American drama 118

7 Representing uncontainable identities 164

8 Acts of survivance in Native American drama 181

9 Interconnected theories and the future of Native American drama 210

Notes 217

Bibliography 227

Index 238

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