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Transnationality: Intercultural Dialogues, Encounters and the Theatres of Curiosity

Drábek, Pavel

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Yana Meerzon
Editor

Stephen E. Wilmer
Editor

Abstract

This chapter reflects on the long history of cultural dialogues in theatre, summed up in the concept of transnationality. Drawing on a range of dramaturgies, it argues for a historiographic approach that foregrounds the transnational and intercultural encounter, or metaphysical dialogue, that takes place in theatres of curiosity. An alternative version to geographic transnationality is offered: the transnational mindset that places the intercultural dialogue at the forefront of the meaning making – not necessarily material, literal transnationality but metaphysical trnasnationality. When practised fully, metaphysical transnationality is a genuine mode of curiosity in the dialogue – with other nations, cultures, people, identities, customs, behaviours and viewpoints. With a long historic purview, from classical Greece to modern times, the chapter argues for a different perspective on theatrical itinerancy and transnationality. Case studies centre on late medieval and early modern plays from a variety of genres (morality plays, civic comedy, baroque opera).

Citation

Drábek, P. (2023). Transnationality: Intercultural Dialogues, Encounters and the Theatres of Curiosity. In Y. Meerzon, & S. E. Wilmer (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook on Theatre and Migration (639–650). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-20196-7_51

Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Aug 2, 2023
Publication Date Aug 2, 2023
Deposit Date Dec 16, 2021
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2025
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 639–650
Book Title The Palgrave Handbook on Theatre and Migration
Chapter Number 51
ISBN 9783031201950 ; 9783031201981
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-20196-7_51
Keywords Transnationality; Migration; Itinerant theatre; Decolonisation; Gil Vicente; Lope de Vega; Aphra Behn
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3899808