1st Edition

Unmaking Mimesis Essays on Feminism and Theatre

By Elin Diamond Copyright 1997
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    In Unmaking Mimesis Elin Diamond interrogates the concept of mimesis in relation to feminism, theatre and performance. She combines psychoanalytic, semiotic and materialist strategies with readings of selected plays by writers as diverse as Ibsen, Brecht, Aphra Behn, Caryl Churchill and Peggy Shaw.
    Through a series of provocative readings of theatre, theory and feminist performance she demonstrates the continuing force of feminism and mimesis in critical thinking today.
    Unmaking Mimesis will interest theatre scholars and performance and cultural theorists, for all of whom issues of text, representation and embodiment are of compelling concern.

    Part One Unmaking Mimesis: 1. Introduction 2. Realism Hysteria: Disruption in the Theater of Knowledge i) Doleful Referents ii) Fallen Women: Medical Melodrama iii) Translation and the Hypnoid State iv) Realism's Hysteria v) Hysteria's Realism Part Two Gestic Feminist Criticism: 3. Brechtian Theory/Feminist Theory 4. Gestus, Signature, Body in the Theater of Aphra Behn i) The Apparatus ii) The Wife Thing iii) Disguise and Desire iv) Passionate Address/Gestric Undress v) Allegories of Authority 5. Churchill's Plays: The Gestus of Invisibility 6. Mimesis and Identification: Kennedy's Theater i) Funnyhouse of a Negro, The Owl Answers ii) Movie Star iii) Alexander Plays iv) People Who Led to My Plays 7. Performance and Temporality: Feminist Performance Art


    Elin Diamond is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. Editor of Performance and Cultural Politics (Routledge) and author of Pinter's Comic Play, Elin Diamond has also published widely in a variety of performance journals.

    '... a dense and rich book, which will greatly reward its readers' closest attention.' - Theatre Research Journal, 1998