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Profaning the Passions: Modern Drama After the Anti-Christ

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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6:00pm - Lecture

Rebecca Kastleman

Meeting ID: 935 1493 1497

Passcode: 978719

Abstract: This talk examines modern reinventions of the passion play, showing how this genre facilitated far-reaching artistic experiments on twentieth-century stages. Playwrights including Yeats, Djuna Barnes, and Sadakichi Hartmann harnessed this form to reconsecrate the theater for aesthetic inquiry, while disrupting secular humanist narratives that had prevailed over the bourgeois theater.

Bio: Dr. Kastleman is a research professor from Southern Methodist University. Her scholarship tracks the global trajectories of modern theater and performance, with an emphasis on British and American drama in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her work has appeared in venues including Theatre JournalModern DramaTheatre History Studies, American Theatre, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, and Modernism/modernity Print Plus.