Ethical Encounters: Boundaries of Theatre, Performance and Philosophy
Editor: Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe and Daniel Watt
Date Of Publication: Jan 2010
The essays on dimensions of theatre ethics at the heart of contributions to this volume demonstrate how individual academics and theatre artists have thought about the ethical implications of theatre, and present the concepts and paradigms that have guided and influenced their thinking. They raise relevant issues and debate these in clearly defined, but not uniform ways—ways that have helped them to come to terms with the issues they raise. The reader may agree or disagree with individual authors or individual arguments. If such agreement or disagreement supports them to form and develop their own opinions and resultant actions, this book has served its purpose.
This volume arises from the 2007 and 2008 TaPRA conferences and all of its essays, at one level or another, reflect upon what is possible within the environment of theatre. Possibility is one form of ethical engagement with the boundaries of philosophy and performance and reminds us of the inherently political aspect of any ethical question. So whilst the most obviously ethically oriented papers appear towards the end of the volume, in a separate section, let us bear in mind that throughout certain limits of representation will always be in question for any understanding of theatre.
Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe is Professor of Drama in the Lincoln School of Humanities and Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, UK. His research focuses on the relationship between theatre and consciousness. He serves as editor of the journal (online) and the book series (Rodopi) Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, and has convened the bi-annual Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts conferences since 2005.
Dr Daniel Watt is a Lecturer in English and Drama at Loughborough University. His research interests include fragmentary writing, ethics and literature and philosophical and literary influences on theatre and performance in the 20th century. He is author of Fragmentary Futures: Blanchot, Beckett, Coetzee and has co-edited A Performance Cosmology and Theatres of Thought. His work includes book chapters on Gilles Deleuze, Edmond Jabès, Jacques Derrida, Puppets and Glossolalia and journal articles in Polish Theatre Perspectives, Performance Research, RIDE, Journal for Cultural Research and Wormwood. He is associate editor of Performing Ethos and series editor of The Axis series.
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