The Bourgeois Theatre and Its Criticism: From Emancipation to Decadence and Back

The Bourgeois Theatre and Its Criticism: From Emancipation to Decadence and Back

Ivan Medenica* I come from Central or Eastern Europe, where the development of the theatre culture took place under a very strong Austrian or, in more general terms, German influence. The first theatre in what is now Serbia was founded

One Man Dancing

One Man Dancing

  By Patricia Keeney 288 pp. Toronto: Inanna Publications Reviewed by Octavian Saiu* (Romania) The story of an actor . . .  The story of a country . . . The story of a continent . . . All of

Criticism in a Time of Crisis

Criticism in a Time of Crisis

Sam Williams* In 2010, as art editor of an English-language magazine in Berlin, I was asked to take part in a panel titled “Death of the Critic.” It was organized by a journalist from Toronto, who had started a web

Egypt—Subversive Theology in Nawal El Saadawi’s Quest for Justice

Egypt—Subversive Theology in Nawal El Saadawi’s Quest for Justice

Omolola A. Ladele* For thousands of years most of the philosophers and thinkers, all of whom were men, have been so blinded, by their “patriarchal cataract” and class optics, that their sight and their insight could not penetrate the time

In Search of Theatre for Development in Malawi: a Modern History

In Search of Theatre for Development in Malawi: a Modern History

Zindaba Chisiza* Theatre at the University of Malawi was initiated by the Department of English at the university’s Chancellor College campus, in 1967 (Gibbs 1980: 67). The first play to be staged was Wole Soyinka’s The Trials of Brother Jero,

Nigeria—The Challenge of (and for) the Female Playwright

Nigeria—The Challenge of (and for) the Female Playwright

Onyeka Iwuchukwu*   Playwriting and Publishing Playwriting in Nigeria, like other forms of literary creativity, was dominated by male writers before the emergence of women writers. The first published play by Ene Henshaw was in 1954, while the first published

Uganda—From Research to Activism: Theatre and Anthropology in Walukuba

Uganda—From Research to Activism: Theatre and Anthropology in Walukuba

Katie McQuaid* and Jane Plastow**   Jane: Introduction This article is about our work as part of a larger AHRC-funded project called INTERSECTION.[1] The wider project works across Uganda, the UK and China, investigating how urban populations understand environmental change,

How To Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

How To Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

By Mark Fisher. 280 pp. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. Reviewed by Don Rubin* (Canada) In matters connected to writing – and with only a few honourable exceptions —  “How To” books are usually best to be avoided by all but the