Speaking in Tongues
Languages at Play in the Theatre
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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The rise of performance studies at the end of the twentieth century encouraged many theatre scholars to take a broader view of their discipline, and to consider models other than the one long dominant in the West. Ever since Aristotle, Western writers have primarily considered theatre as closely tied to the written text, essentially the physical enact-...
1. The Macaronic Stage
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The theory and practice of postmodern and postcolonial theatre and performance has given new prominence to heteroglossia, but it is not a new phenomenon. Despite Bakhtin’s attempt to deny its operations in the drama, examples of multiple voices can be found throughout theatre history, not only in the limited and abstract sense of voices tak-...
2. Dialect Theatre: The Case of Italy
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Dialects, like foreign languages, except normally in a less extreme form, provide a potential disruption of the normal assumption that a theatre will utilize the same language as its surrounding culture. Thus dialect in the theatre can offer another aspect of heteroglossic production. ...
3. Postcolonial Heteroglossia
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As the previous chapters have sought to demonstrate, linguistic mixtures have, for a variety of reasons, been utilized in the theatre throughout its history. Nevertheless, serious critical attention to the phenomenon of heteroglossia on the stage has developed only recently, largely due to postcolonial theory. ...
4. Postmodern Language Play
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In the preceding chapters, a very wide variety of linguistic mixing, historically and geographically, has been examined, utilized for a very wide variety of reasons. It has been used for comic and serious purposes, for consolidation or subversion of current cultural practice. Almost always it has in some measure reflected the political dimensions of lan-...
5. The Heteroglossia of Side Texts
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The previous material in this study has concerned the type of heteroglossia that has been most widespread in the theatre throughout its history, considering the various strategies and various results involved when actors have utilized a mixture of languages and dialects on historical and contemporary stages. ...
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Index of Languages and Dialects
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Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2006