Theatre History Studies 2014, Vol. 33

Theatres of War

by Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Rosemarie K. Bank, DeAnna Toten Beard, Amanda Boyle, Peter A. Campbell, Shawna Mefford Carroll, Miriam Chirico, Francisco Costa, Chrystyna M. Dail, Tanya Dean, Daniel C. Dennis, Rodney Donahue, Anne Fletcher, Sara Freeman, Kristi Good, Jennifer Goodlander, Anselm Heinrich, Jeanmarie Higgins, Bethany D. Holmstrom, Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, David Jortner, Keith Byron Kirk, Haddy Kreie, Franklin J. Lasik, Felicia Hardison Londré, Lewis Magruder, Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, William Palmer, Gene A. Plunka, George Potter, Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft, Adam Sheaffer, Alan Sikes, Li-Wen (Joy) Wang,

Volume 33 of Theatre History Studies explores war. War is a paradox—horrifying and compelling, galvanizing and devastating, a phenomenon that separates and decimates while at the same time creating and strengthening national identity and community bonds. War is the stuff of great drama.
War and theatre is a subject of increasing popularity among scholars of theatre. The essays in this special edition of Theatre History Studies brings together a unique collection of work by thirteen innovative scholars whose work explores such topics as theatre performances during war times, theatre written and performed to resist war, and theatre that fosters and promotes war.
The contributors to this volume write poignantly about nationhood and about how war—through both propaganda and protest—defines a people. The contributors also delve into numerous fascinating themes that transcend time, peoples, nations, and particular conflicts: the foundations of nationalism and the concepts of occupied and occupier, nostalgia and utopia, and patriotism and revolution.
These essays survey a march of civil and international wars spanning three centuries. Arranged chronologically, they invite comparisons between themes and trace the development of the major themes of war. Ideas manifest in the theatre of one period recall ideologies and propaganda of the past, reflect those of the present, and anticipate wars to come.
  • University of Alabama Press; December 2014
  • ISBN 9780817388201
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  • Title: Theatre History Studies 2014, Vol. 33
  • Author: Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix (ed.); Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix (other); Rosemarie K. Bank (contrib.); DeAnna Toten Beard (contrib.); Amanda Boyle (contrib.); Peter A. Campbell (contrib.); Shawna Mefford Carroll (contrib.); Miriam Chirico (contrib.); Francisco Costa (contrib.); Chrystyna M. Dail (contrib.); Tanya Dean (contrib.); Daniel C. Dennis (contrib.); Rodney Donahue (contrib.); Anne Fletcher (contrib.); Sara Freeman (contrib.); Kristi Good (contrib.); Jennifer Goodlander (contrib.); Anselm Heinrich (contrib.); Jeanmarie Higgins (contrib.); Bethany D. Holmstrom (contrib.); Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (contrib.); David Jortner (contrib.); Keith Byron Kirk (contrib.); Haddy Kreie (contrib.); Franklin J. Lasik (contrib.); Felicia Hardison Londré (contrib.); Lewis Magruder (contrib.); Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix (contrib.); William Palmer (contrib.); Gene A. Plunka (contrib.); George Potter (contrib.); Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft (contrib.); Adam Sheaffer (contrib.); Alan Sikes (contrib.); Li-Wen (Joy) Wang (contrib.); Ariel Watson (contrib.)
  • Imprint: University Alabama Press

About The Author

Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix is a professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre at Miami University in Ohio. She is the author of Wearing the Breeches: Gender on the Antebellum Stage and the forthcoming Theatres of War: Civil War Theatre and the Performance of Nationhood in addition to articles and book reviews in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.