Tag Archives: cultural memory

Defining Culture via Performance – Roach and Kirshenblatt-Gimblett?

Preface: This is a meandering post. In reading Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s chapter for my performance theory class a few weeks ago, I found myself constantly writing “Roach?” in the margins. I thought it was about time to get some of these swirling ideas out and attempt to articulate the connections I want to make between these two […]

(Un)Categorizing Documentary Theatre

In a recent class discussion in my performance theory class on the Cardinal Stage Company’s performance of To Kill A Mockingbird, we started probing problems and questions regarding theater as an archive. I was specifically interested in our discussion of Tom Robinson’s trial (almost the entire second act of the play) and how, during the […]

Literary Memorials

In a recent class discussion on Joseph Roach’s Cities of the Dead, a fellow classmate (Andrea, I think it was) compared Roach’s ideas on memory and memorials to what we do in our field when we study literature. Literature as a kind of memorial. This seems an astute comparison and one that could be very […]

Joseph Roach and Richard II (?)

I want to use this post more as a brainstorming session to work out an idea that’s been circling in my brain (spinning, if you will) since I read the introduction to Joseph Roach’s Cities of the Dead this past weekend. In my Shakespeare and Political Philosophy course this semester, we’ve been reading Richard II. […]