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Title: Staging the Other/Imagining The Greek : Paradigms of Greekness in the reception of post-1956 English drama in the post-colonels Athens (1974-2002)
Author: Zaroulia, Marilena
ISNI:       0000 0004 2673 0159
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis investigates performances of and critical responses to English plays that have been written and performed in the post-1956 period and subsequently been staged in Athens in the years following the downfall of the colonels' dictatorship. Theatre productions and reviewing are located within or positioned against the specific socio-political, ideological and cultural matrices that helped determine each intervention. The central focus of the thesis is an exploration of the relation between theatre and Greek national identity. Starting from Benedict Anderson's definition of the nation as 'imagined community', the thesis challenges the established conceptualisation of Greekness as bound up with the dichotomy of 'Greek' and 'Other'. It accounts for the articulation of this dichotomy in the reception of English drama, demonstrating the ways in which English texts were perceived - mainly by the reviewers - as 'Other'. Each case study destabilises this clear opposition between 'Greek' and 'English Other', suggesting an alternative way of 'imagining' Greekness as constantly shifting and performed in 'the present moment'. The Introduction presents the thesis' objectives, methodology, and a brief survey of relevant literature on theatre and national identity. Chapter One engages with the debate about the nation and national identity, and provides the theoretical framework for a fuller comprehension of the 'making' of Greekness. Each of the next four chapters explores specific case studies: the production of Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular (1974, Chapter Two); Osborne's Look Back in Anger, Pinter's The Caretaker and Churchill's Top Girls (1982-3, Chapter Three); Bond's Summer (1990, Chapter Four); and Churchill's The Skriker and Ravenhill's Some Explicit Polaroids (1999-2001, Chapter Five). The thesis includes two appendices: the first lists productions of English plays that opened in Athens during these three decades while the second includes selected photographs of the productions.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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