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Comedies of Capitalism: Theatre History and the Future(s) of Happiness [DEADLINE: May 30, 2011]
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ASTR 2011 [Montreal, Canada, Nov 17-20, 2011
CFP: Comedies of Capitalism: Theatre History and the Future(s) of Happiness (ASTR 2011)
We are seeking participants for a hybrid roundtable/reading group on comedic representations of capitalism and Liberalism in theatre and drama, as well as economic self-interest as the precondition for the production of theatre since the Renaissance.
In his 1966 study Modern Tragedy, Raymond Williams defined classical Liberalism as an irremediably tragic political outlook. In the self-interested individualism of Ibsen’s protagonists and the ideology of the free market more broadly, he found guilt, debt,
This working session aims to reconsider the “genre” of economic and philosophical Liberalism—to chart an alternative genealogy of theatrical modernity, in which individual economic enfranchisement and its representation in drama and performance might be imagined as comic and liberating. Debt, for instance, could be envisioned less as a condition of absence or loss and more as a primary social bond and as a prerequisite for
-Economic aspiration in/as performance
We will pre-circulate several theoretical texts, including (though not limited to) excerpts from Raymond Williams’ Modern Tragedy (1966), portions of James Livingston’s Pragmatism, Feminism, and Democracy: Rethinking the Politics of American History (2001),
Please submit a brief application (100-200 words explaining why you are interested in joining the group) and a CV to Lawrence Switzky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alan Ackerman (email@example.com) by no later than Monday, May 30th.
Participants must be members of ASTR and must register for the conference. For more information on the guidelines of ASTR working sessions, please consult http://www.astr.org/conference/working-sessions-guidelines.