Contemporary British theatre, democracy and affect: states of feeling

Delgado-García, C. (2021) Contemporary British theatre, democracy and affect: states of feeling. In: Aragay, M., Delgado-García, C. and Middeke, M. (eds.) Affects in 21st-Century British Theatre: Exploring Feeling on Page and Stage. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 149-170. ISBN 9783030584856 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-58486-3_8)

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This chapter charts the prominence of democracy as a concern across theatre and performance in the 2010s and proposes an affective turn in the discipline’s examination of texts and performances dealing with democratic matters. Building upon recent contributions on democratic theory, passions and populism, Delgado-García suggests probing what democracy feels like, the function and effects of such feelings and the ways theatre may compose, diffuse or suppress affects. David Greig’s The Suppliant Women (2016) is presented as a model for such an enquiry and offered as representative of a broader stance in British theatre, whereby a strong attachment to democracy is performed despite the negative affective and material states democracy is shown to produce and legitimate.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Delgado-Garcia, Dr Cristina
Authors: Delgado-García, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:10 April 2021

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