Forms of Conflict: Contemporary Wars on the British Stage (Exeter Performance Studies)

 
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Forms of Conflict questions how dramatists have responded aesthetically to the changing nature of conflict, focusing on plays written and performed around or after the September 11 terrorist attacks.  Soncini examines how the works of playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Martin Crimp, and Simon Stephens have provided an interpretative means to enlarge our understanding of the new patterns of conflict, ensuring theater’s continued cultural and political relevance. Drawing predominantly on textual material while also considering performance dimension and actual productions, Forms of Conflict explores the relationship between new forms of warfare and new forms of drama, illustrating what dramatic form can reveal about the post-9/11 landscape. 

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Sara Soncini is a researcher in the Department of Philology, Literature, and Linguistics at the University of Pisa. She is coeditor, with Carla Dente, of Shakespeare and Conflict: A European Perspective.

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With Forms of Conflict, Soncini adds an art-based focus to the growing literature of contemporary war studies and also connects theatre studies to political science research into the rhetorical strategies of war. Using detailed descriptions and persuasive close reading of recent performances, Soncini paints a thorough picture of contemporary British theatre and offers a timely reminder of art’s power to disrupt the discourses of war.
 
Forms of Conflict contains rich close readings of scripts and meticulous descriptions of performances. Soncini has a knack for imagery that draws readers into the performance experience while simultaneously directing them to key points in her analysis.
 
Even if the reader is unfamiliar with the scripts or productions Soncini discusses, her colourful depictions form a clear picture. Soncini also provides comprehensive historical context for events like the Bloody Sunday inquiry or the July 7, 2005 bombings in London, and this attention to details strengthens her argument.
 
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