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Swimming in Histories of Gender Oppression: Grupo XIX de Teatro's Hysteria

Aston, Elaine (2010) Swimming in Histories of Gender Oppression: Grupo XIX de Teatro's Hysteria. New Theatre Quarterly, 26 (101). pp. 38-48. ISSN 0266-464X

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    Abstract

    Hysteria, first performed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2001, was assembled from oral histories, medical cases, records, and remnants documenting the lives of Brazilian women from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who were incarcerated in Rio de Janeiro's Pedro II Institute. Its UK premiere in 2008, performed by the all-female cast of the Brazilian Grupo XIX de Teatro, included a setting of the show in the old Victoria Baths in Manchester. In this article Elaine Aston identifies ways in which Hysteria keeps open or re-opens the question of feminist liberation. Exploring the show's critique of Western feminism's claims to independence and liberation, her analysis moves towards a mode of interdependent feminist thinking through which liberation might be realized. Elaine Aston is Professor of Contemporary Performance at Lancaster University and editor of Theatre Research International. Her most recent publications include Feminist Views on the English Stage (2003); Feminist Futures: Theatre, Performance, Theory (edited with Geraldine Harris, 2006); Staging International Feminisms (edited with Sue-Ellen Case, 2007); and Performance Practice and Process: Contemporary, (Women) Practitioners (with Geraldine Harris, 2008).

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: New Theatre Quarterly
    Additional Information: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=NTQ The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, New Theatre Quarterly, 26 (1), pp 38-48 2010, © 2010 Cambridge University Press.
    Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
    ID Code: 54676
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 29 May 2012 10:23
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:33
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54676

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