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Drama and utopian forms of relationality

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posted on 13.03.2020 by Sian Adiseshiah
This paper begins by challenging the use of “domestication” in the phrase the “domestication of utopia” because of the term’s gendered, raced, and classed histories. It emphasizes how “domestication” is both a (patriarchal) metaphor for femininity, and a potential site of resistance, particularly within Black feminism. Instead, a range of alternative terms, such as co-option or appropriation are offered in its place. The paper then moves on to argue for the importance of centring fundamental, systemic change in engagements with utopian art (drama in this instance). It discusses the difficulty of discovering utopian theatre texts, and suggests that one of the reasons for this might be the tightly circumscribed field of utopian studies itself, which has been historically preoccupied with measurement, categorisation, narrow definitions, and exclusions. The paper then proposes that drama and performance are potentially rich sites for the exploration of new, utopian forms of subjectivity, social relationality, and utopian affective attachments. The paper ends by noting the importance of encouraging an ongoing process of self-critique within the field of Utopian Studies, as well as pointing to the limitations of academic critique and practice for a utopian politics.

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  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • English and Drama

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mediAzioni

Volume

27

Pages

D33 - D38

Publisher

University of Bologna, Department of Interpreting and Translation

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Author

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This is an Open Access article. It was first published in the journal mediAzioni: Adiseshiah, Siân (2020), “Drama and Utopian Forms of Relationality”, mediAzioni 27: D33-D38. http://mediazioni.sitlec.unibo.it, ISSN 1974-4382.

Publication date

2020

ISSN

1974-4382

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Si�n Adiseshiah. Deposit date: 13 March 2020

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