Abstract

Seven women playwrights, including Caryl Churchill, have recently confronted audiences with the unique conditions inherent in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their plays highlight the suffering brought on by the war that has been continuous since the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000, presenting characters and scenes that urge an end to the violence. As a group, these plays provide a compelling view of the conflict and its oppositions and a better understanding of the factors underlying extreme acts of violence, such as suicide bombings, but also a bleak forecast for the future. Only Naomi Wallace, in Fever Chart, dares to imagine conversations between Palestinians and Israelis and to move thereby toward envisioning peace.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-332X
Print ISSN
0192-2882
Pages
pp. 611-626
Launched on MUSE
2011-02-09
Open Access
No
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