Theatre as Heterotopia

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Melanie Lörke, Yakobo J. K. Mutiti, Jonathan Furaha Tchai, Jennifer Wawrzinek, Russell West-Pavlov, Kai Wiegandt

Theatre as Heterotopia. Contemporary Comparative Perspectives on Shakespeare

ISBN 978-3-86821-264-8, 126 S., kt., € 16,50 (2010)

This volume scrutinizes Shakespeare’s theatre as a ‘heterotopic’ phenomenon continually re-contextualized since its early modern emergence in countless new places and times. Shakespeare’s drama, with its remarkably persistent tendency towards iterative productivity down the centuries, presents a fascinating complex of localisable but constantly self-generating and self-transforming places of performance whose respective sites and whose import always bespeaks critical liminality. The Australian, Kenyan and German authors present a number of case studies exploring instantiations of Shakespearean heterotopias in the New Globe Theatre, Startrek, Julie Taymore’s film Titus, Nadeem Aslam’s novel Maps for Lost Lovers, Julius K. Nyerere’s translations of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar, and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. In all of these instances, Shakespeare’s dramas, both central to canonical European culture but also containing in their textual fabric the potential to give rise to interrogative and subversive performances, embody the generative principle of the heterotopia as a site of the simultaneous confirmation and contestation of hegemonic culture.

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