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Title: Ontology of absence
Author: Dobkowska, Sylwia
ISNI:       0000 0004 8497 9585
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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My doctoral thesis examines what absence is and how it works in a performance. I study the paradox of representation, whereby absence is never absent and presence is not present. I have named this using the oxymoron present absence. I use Jacques Derrida's philosophy and survey various theories in theatre studies, which define limits of presence and absence. My research provides an alternative account of the mode of reading the notion of absence in performance. I find the significance of absence in political context of visual culture.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: absence ; presence ; theatre ; visual arts ; Jacques Derrida ; philosophy ; performance