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Forms of Conflict

Contemporary Wars on the British Stage

Sara Soncini

Forms of Conflict

Sara Soncini

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

314 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780859899949 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859899932 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
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. 
Contents
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Scenes of War

2. This is Not a War: Mimesis in the Age of Simulacra

            2.1 Presages

            2.2 Far away, so close

            2.3 Media narratives

3. War without Conflict / Theatre without Drama

            3.1 Fragments from a warrior’s discourse

            3.2 The rest is silence

            3.3 There’s method in this randomness

4. ‘Why Fabulate?’

            4.1 Documenting war

            4.2 The tribunal play: extending the code

            4.3 Uneasy coaltions

5. The Performance of Witnessing

            5.1 The talking cure

            5.2 The artist is present

            5.3 Technologies of recollection

6. Figures of Mediation

            6.1 The translation turn

            6.2 The mediator’s invisibility

            6.3 The combat linguist

            6.4 Uncanny bodies

Appendix: New War Plays on the British Stage, 1990-2010

Works Cited

Index

 
Review Quotes
University of Exeter Press
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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