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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.


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
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