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Author Pine, Emilie, author.

Title The memory marketplace : witnessing pain in contemporary Irish and international theatre / Emilie Pine
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 247 pages)
Series Irish culture, memory, place
Irish culture, memory, and place.
Contents Introduction: The Market for Pain -- Tell Them That You Saw Us: Witnessing Docu-verbatim Memory -- The Witness as Commodity: Autoperforming Memory -- The Commissioned Witness, Theatre, and Truth -- The Immaterial Labor of Listening: Presence, Absence, Failure, and the Commodification of the Witness -- Consumers or Witnesses: Site-Specific Performance -- Conclusion: Activism in the Marketplace
Summary "What happens when cultural memory becomes a commodity? Who owns the memory? In The Memory Marketplace, Emilie Pine explores how memory is performed both in Ireland and abroad by considering the significant body of contemporary Irish theatre that contends with its own culture and history. Analyzing examples from this realm of theatre, Pine focuses on the idea of witnesses, both as performers on stage and as members of the audience. Whose memories are observed in these transactions, and how and why do performances prioritize some memories over others? What does it mean to create, rehearse, perform, and purchase the theatricalization of memory? The Memory Marketplace shows this transaction to be particularly fraught in the theatricalization of traumatic moments of cultural upheaval, such as the child sexual abuse scandal in Ireland. In these performances, the role of empathy becomes key within the marketplace dynamic, and Pine argues that this empathy shapes the kinds of witnesses created. The complexities and nuances of this exchange-subject and witness, spectator and performer, consumer and commodified-provide a deeper understanding of the crucial role theatre plays in shaping public understanding of trauma, memory, and history"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Collective memory and literature.
Collective memory in literature.
Drama -- Social aspects -- History and criticism
Drama -- Social aspects -- Ireland -- History and criticism
Pain in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Theater and society -- History -- 20th century
Theater and society -- Ireland -- History -- 21st century
Collective memory and literature
Collective memory in literature
Drama -- Social aspects
HISTORY / Europe / Ireland.
Pain in literature
Psychic trauma in literature
Theater and society
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism
Literary criticism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0253049512