Objekte der Zeugenschaft: Recht und Versöhnung im Figurentheater = [Testimonial objects: law, justice and reconciliation in puppet theatre]

Bachmann, M. (2017) Objekte der Zeugenschaft: Recht und Versöhnung im Figurentheater = [Testimonial objects: law, justice and reconciliation in puppet theatre]. In: Däumer, M., Kalisky, A. and Schlie, H. (eds.) Über Zeugen: Szenarien von Zeugenschaft und ihre Akteure. Series: Trajekte. Wilhelm Fink: Munich, pp. 81-92. ISBN 9783770557325

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Abstract

Bringing together legal studies and performance analysis, this book chapter looks at the use of puppets as witnesses, both in the framework of historical trials and in contemporary puppet theatre. Through a close reading of Handspring Puppet Company's 'Ubu and the Truth Commission' (1997), it analyses problems of testimonial credibility and strategies of persuasion (bezeugen / überzeugen). Specifically, the book chapter focuses on concepts of law, justice and reconciliation, arguing that the use of puppets as witnesses strengthens theatre's potential to reflect upon legal concepts rather than simply following them.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Puppetry, testimony, law, justice, reconciliation, Taylor, Jane, Kentridge, William, Handspring Puppet Company, South Africa, Truth and Reconcilation Commission, ventriloquism, theatre, performance, legal proceedings.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bachmann, Dr Michael
Authors: Bachmann, M.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DT Africa
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Wilhelm Fink
ISBN:9783770557325

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