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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Huang, Shih-Yi
Author's Email Address shuang3@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-01262010-105903
Title The Dialogism of Self and Other in Contemporary American Drama
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Theatre
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Wade, Leslie A. Committee Chair
Clemons, Leigh A. Committee Member
Fletcher, John Committee Member
Hall, Rachel Committee Member
Kronick, Joseph Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • Difficult Freedom
  • And Baby Makes 7
  • Hot ‘n’ Throbbing
  • political playwright
  • From Body to Ethics to Politics
  • Paula Vogel
  • Yellow face
  • David Henry Hwang
  • The Goat: Or Who is Sylvia?
  • Edward Albee
  • Angels in America
  • Tony Kushner
  • mythos and logos
  • existence without existent
Date of Defense 2009-12-15
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This work is interdisciplinary in orientation and brings together American theatre (and culture) and contemporary ethical philosophy. I am introducing the French philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas and his theory of Self and Other to an analysis of contemporary American drama—a mode of approach that is new to the discipline of theatre studies. Lévinas’s insights are particularly relevant to the concerns of the 21st century and how we might rethink relationships and values. My work looks at contemporary American plays in terms of nationalism, gender politics, racial dynamics and ecological issues. I contend that these playwrights are attempting to go beyond conventional views on such matters and are modeling a sort of Lévinasian ethic in their works, one informed by an honoring of difference and a responsibility for the Other.
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