Quoting quotations
Citational theory and contemporary characterisation
in Acts and apparitions
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This chapter examines how different models of performance have begun to shift conceptions of our understanding of a real or authentic identity. It addresses the concept and practice of adaptation through the lens of Jacques Derrida's citational theory. The chapter also examines how citational aesthetics can be employed to support Hal Foster's account of a resistant politics. It argues that the contemporary understanding of poststructuralist identity is reflected in a number of related shifts in the characterisation of the performer regardless of whether or not the performer is playing 'self ' or an explicitly fictional character. The quotation marks which the Wooster Group place around character are widened out in the work of Katie Mitchell's adaptations to incorporate discrete scenes of dramatic action in which psychologically rounded portrayals of character and detailed observations of scenic location are played out.

Acts and apparitions

Discourses on the real in performance practice and theory, 1990–2010


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