Enacting Nature: Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance by Marc MaufortEnacting Nature: Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance by Marc Maufort

Enacting Nature: Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance

EditorMarc Maufort, Birgit Däwes

Paperback | May 12, 2014

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In the ecological challenges of the twenty-first century, interculturally sensitive understandings of nature, place, and environment are essential for the development of a planetary community.
Acknowledging that the future of humankind is global, this volume explores the multi-faceted semantics of ecology in contemporary Indigenous theater and performance.
Focusing on works by such eminent Indigenous artists as Tomson Highway, Drew Hayden Taylor, Marie Clements, Yvette Nolan, Kevin Loring, Wesley Enoch, Hone Kouka, Briar Grace-Smith, and Witi Ihimaera, the volume brings together a spectrum of ecological perspectives from Europe, North America, and Oceania.
By tracing the multiple Indigenous configurations of the relationships between humans and their environment, the essays collected in Enacting Nature offer contributions to the fields of comparative Indigenous Studies, performance studies, and ecocriticism alike.
Birgit Däwes is Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Vienna. She specializes in Native North American literatures and cultures. Next to a monograph study on Native North American Theater in a Global Age (2007) and the recent collection, Indigenous North American Drama. A Multivocal History (2013), she has also p...
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Title:Enacting Nature: Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous PerformanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:May 12, 2014Publisher:P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques InternationalesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:2875741462

ISBN - 13:9782875741462

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Contents: Birgit Däwes/Marc Maufort: A Chorus of Ecological Voices. Enacting Nature in Contemporary Indigenous Performance – Birgit Däwes: Stages of Resilience. Heteroholistic Environments in Plays by Marie Clements and Yvette Nolan – Ric Knowles: Mounds, Earthworks, Side Show Freaks and Circus Injuns – Jaye T. Darby: «Civilization» and its Transgressions on the Old Shawnee Trail. Lynn Riggs’s Out of Dust – Maryann Henck: «alterNature» in Drew Hayden Taylor’s The Berlin Blues. Construction and De(con)struction of Contested Spaces – Yvette Nolan: The Collapse of Worlds in Laura Shamas’s Chasing Honey – Nicholle Dragone: Eric Gansworth. Dramatizing the Ecology of Haudenosaunee Creation – Ginny Ratsoy: Voicing Nature in the British Columbia Interior. A Place «Back in the Midst of Time» in Kevin Loring’s Where the Blood Mixes – Maryrose Casey: Serving the Living Land. Place and Belonging in Australian Aboriginal Drama – Rachael Swain: Dance, History and Country. An Uneasy Ecology in Australia – Diana Looser: « Je te parle d’harmonie entre les plantes ». Ecologies of New Caledonian Nationhood in Pierre Gope’s La Parenthèse – Lisa Warrington/David O’Donnell: Unfolding the Cloth. Patterns of Landscape and Identity in The Conch’s Masi – Hilary Halba: Cleansing the Tapu. Nature, Landscape and Transformation in Three Works by Māori Playwrights – Marc Maufort: Performing the Spirit of the Earth. Multi-faceted Aesthetics of Ecology in Contemporary Indigenous Drama.