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Title: A theatrical critique of resilience in culture
Author: Pinder, John Yves
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2018
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Discourses of resilience rose to prominence in the field of culture in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In this thesis, the history of discourses and practices of resilience will be examined in order to understand how and why resilience became important in the field. I will argue that resilience discourses and practices, which concern the management of crises and risks, legitimise and effect the subsumption of semi-marketised spheres of activity and production, including that of culture. The history of resilience in culture will also reveal that its discourses and practices bear a close relationship to ecological rationales and environmental concerns. After performing a critique of dominant liberal resilience discourses and practices in cultural policy and administration through a reference to Yúdice's idea of 'culture-as-resource', I examine alternative resiliences in art and culture using Balibar's notion of 'civility'. I argue that these alternatives are more explicitly concerned with limiting the reproduction of extremes of violence tied to an intensified subsumption of culture and the different historical crises of capitalism (socio-economic and environmental). Finally, I explore the extent to which art conceived in a post-Adornoian fashion negates the subsumption that resilience discourses legitimise and that resilience practices effect, on account of its capacity to theatrically present capitalism's transgression of the social limits of the market (subsumption). This idea of art will complement the discussion of civility and will be contrasted to the ideologically legitimasing or what I call, after Marcuse, the 'affirmative' role that art plays in relation to economic and political power. The main contribution to knowledge I make in this thesis is to recontextualise current critiques of resilience in culture and to offer a field-specific framework for this critique, which also contributes to recodify recent debates about art, performance and neoliberalism in the UK, notably through an integration of environmental perspectives. Finally, this research also contributes to clarifying the scope of practical and cultural materialist methodology in performance research. It does so by offering a critique of a policy rationale through art and criticism conceived as post-romantic and conceptual practices.
Supervisor: Gardner, Tony ; Orozco, Lourdes Sponsor: University of Leeds
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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