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Testimony and ambivalence in Sandakan Threnody

Grehan, H. (2006) Testimony and ambivalence in Sandakan Threnody. Australasian Drama Studies (49). pp. 89-100.

Abstract

The condition of witnessing what one did not (and perhaps cannot) see is the condition of whatever age we are now entering. Whether we call this period 'the post post-modern age' or 'the age of terrorism', it is characterized both by an intimate reawakening to the fragility of life and a more general sense of connection to one another that exceeds simple geophysical, ideological, or cultural proximity. If Levinas is right, and the face-to-face encounter is the most crucial arena in which the ethical bond we share becomes manifest, then live theatre and performance might speak to philosophy with renewed vigour.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: La Trobe University. Theatre and Drama Program
Publishers Website: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/research/jour...
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14695
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