A collection of essays whose authors reach beyond simple definitions of citizenship as determined by documents and legal rights
The scholarly conference from which this publication emerged was circulated in the waning months of 2018, following a summer of urgent and emotional debate surrounding new US immigration policies regarding immigrant family separations, arguments fueled on one side by fears about the loss of social cohesion, and on the other by photographs of incarcerated children. Given the then-prevailing political atmosphere, editor Andrew Gibb anticipated that a good number of submissions might draw connections between the patterns, policies, and histories of immigration on the one hand, and theatrical or otherwise performance-centered expressions of citizenship, whether inclusive or exclusionary, on the other. In retrospect, what could have been foreseen is that theatre scholars, educators, and professionals would interpret recent events against a wider and more complex backdrop. The ultimate result of that initial call is this volume, a collection of essays whose authors reach beyond simple definitions of citizenship as determined by documents and legal rights, and who engage in larger conversations about what citizenship can mean, and how such meanings are expressed through theatre and performance.
Interestingly, while none of the authors published herein take up immigration as a central issue, they all make use of some combination of three particular analytical frameworks, all of which happen to be pertinent to the current immigrant experience and attempts to regulate it: bodies, institutions, and technologies.
Introduction by Andrew Gibb
Chapter 1. Theatre and Citizenship: Performing the Myths of We, the People by Charlotte M. Canning
Chapter 2. “Back in the Narrative”: Creating the Citizen Body in Hamilton by Sarah McCarroll
Chapter 3. Mussolini and Marinetti: Performing Citizenship in Fascist Italy by Shadow Zimmerman
Chapter 4. Performing “Digital Citizenship” in the Era of the Blind Spot by Becky K. Becker
Chapter 5. Awarding America: Multiple Views of Citizenship in the Pulitzer Prize for Drama by David S. Thompson
Chapter 6. Citizenship in a Space, on a Stage, at a School, in the South: Xanti Schawinsky’s Stage Studies at Black Mountain College by Alex Ates
Chapter 7. Theatre’s Responsibility to Its Community by Jennifer Toutant
Chapter 8. It’s Not Easy Being Orange: Animatronic Presidents, Patriotic Muppets, and the Configuration of Citizenship in
Disney’s Liberty Square by Chase Bringardner
Andrew Gibb is area head for Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism in the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. He is author of Californios, Anglos, and the Performance of Oligarchy in the U.S. West and has published work in Theatre History Studies, New English Theatre Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, Theatre Symposium, and Texas Theatre Journal.