Cover

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Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

If no book is an island, entire of itself, this book is, quite literally, a piece of more than one continent. I began this project in Berkeley, California, and concluded it in Istanbul. The journey in between those two very different cities was sustained by a series of social, intellectual, and financial structures for which I continue to be grateful on a daily basis. First and foremost, ...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-34

This is a book about theater, but I cannot resist beginning with an excerpt from a film: Abdellatif Kechiche’s L’Esquive (2004; Games of Love and Chance).1 Midway through this brilliant work, the audience is confronted with a painfully embarrassing scene. The film’s teenage protagonist Krimo, short for Abdelkrim, is standing in front of his skeptical classmates dressed ...

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Chapter 1 - On the Paris Stage

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pp. 35-62

By 1975, Al Assifa was showing signs of wear and tear. The Paris-based Arab-French theater troupe had been touring their immigration-themed play throughout France. In a meeting on October 12, a troupe member looked back, diagnosing the group’s problems: “We often lived as though we were a community, ...

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Chapter 2 - Prendre la Parole

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pp. 63-88

In an early moment from the popular stage actress Rachida Khalil’s one-woman show, La Vie rêvée de Fatna (Fatna’s Dream Life), the young Moroccan woman Fatna boasts to her neighbor that her husband is off arranging visas for them to immigrate to France. Their destination, she notes enthusiastically, is “the country of the rights of man.”1 ...

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Chapter 3 - The Integrated Actor

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pp. 89-118

In 2007 Réseau Education Sans Frontières (RESF) or Network for Education without Borders, a web of nationwide aid collectives that support undocumented youth educated in France, produced La Plume sans papier (The Pen without Paper). A wordplay on the colloquial reference to undocumented immigrants, the paperless sans-papiers, the performance was composed ...

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Chapter 4 - Rethinking Community and Culture

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pp. 119-146

In the fall of 2005, a series of violent protests of unprecedented size and duration occurred in a number of metropolitan suburbs across France. Variously labeled the protests, émeutes (riots), or révoltes (revolts) of 2005, the events drew a range of reactions from across the political spectrum. ...

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Chapter 5 - Theater without Borders?

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pp. 147-176

In 2008 I attended a fund-raiser that Réseau Education Sans Frontières (RESF) held in an eastern suburb of Paris. Organized around short information sessions on recent developments in Parisian retention centers for immigrants, the event included a community potluck and arts and crafts activities for children. ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 177-180

In this book, I have sought to detail the relationship between immigration politics and theatrical practices in Paris during the first decade of the twenty-first century. To offer a conclusion to such a task may therefore generate the impression that the political, cultural, and aesthetic dynamics outlined within are durational and have somehow exhausted their representational lives. ...

Notes

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pp. 181-204

Bibliography

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pp. 205-218

Index

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pp. 219-227