116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Drama and Society III: Representations of Violence

Session Chair: 
Judith Saunders, Independent Scholar
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 115


  1. Rick Gilbert, Loyola University Chicago
    Staged representations of violence cause a kind of shock for audiences; that is, a sudden shift in aesthetic distance.  That shock is caused by the extra attention that such representations force onto the physical bodies of actors on whom the illusion of violence is performed.  Examining specific production choices using this model can give us insight into how different kinds of illusion can be used to engender different audience responses.
  2. Anthony Hostetter, Rowan University
    Charlotte Delbo, who was marked with 31661 on her arm in Auschwitz-Birkenau, was uninterested in explaining the reality or facts of the Holocaust. Rather, she tirelessly aimed to express the truth of the Shoah through carefully constructed prose and poetry to create dramatic and traumatic images in the minds of her audiences. In producing Delbo’s play, how does one create the reality of Auschwitz-Birkenau, when the writer requested to not see any evidence of the camps on-stage?
  3. Esther Marinho Santana, University of Campinas (Brazil)
    The use of verbal and physical violence in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, and in the 1969 Brazilian play O cão siamês ou Alzira Power, by Antonio Bivar, transforms theatre into an assault and destruction device, which produces potential redemption.  
Session Cancelled: