Theatrical Art and the Myth of Origin: Fields of Silence

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The book offers a critique of the Eurocentric history of theatre and maps other performing traditions that have been eclipsed by such narratives.

In conclusion, Prof. Amine sees Arabic theater as construed within a liminal space, on the borderlines between different tropes. It cannot exist otherwise, for it juxtaposes different heterogeneous entities only to emerge as a hybrid drama that is spaced between East and West. It is a fusion of Western theatrical traditions and the local Arabic performance traditions. The hybrid nature of such a theater is manifested in the very transposition of the halqa and the hakawati as important paradigms of Arabic performativity from open squares like jemaa-elfna (in Marrakech, Morocco) to modern theater buildings.

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