Political Performance in Syria
Fig. 1. Political Performance in Syria. Courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Palgrave Macmillan published a book titled "Political Performance in Syria: From the Six-Day War to the Syrian Uprising" written by Edward Ziter.

Publication Data

Ziter, Edward. Political Performance in Syria: From the Six-Day War to the Syrian Uprising. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ISBN: 9781137358974.


Political Performance in Syria charts the history of a theatre that has sought the expansion of civil society, challenged existing Arab power structures, and imagined alternate political realities. While most of the works examined are oppositional, the book also considers the work of pro-regime artists. The chapters are thematic—'Martyrdom,' 'War,' 'Palestinians,' 'History and Heritage,' and 'Torture'—but organized to give a full overview of the organization and recent history of the Syrian stage within a larger historical context, from the outpouring of oppositional plays following Syria's defeat in the 1967 War to contemporary plays and performance activism staged in and outside of Syria and then circulated online. Placing performances in their historical context allows the reader to grasp how theatre makers have intervened in central debates in the Arab World, and to see the potential of theatre and performance to help build a vibrant civil society even in the aftermath of a bloody conflict.

Table of Contents

1. Martyrdom
2. War
3. Palestinians
4. History and Heritage
5. Torture

About the Author

Edward Ziter is Associate Professor of Theatre History and Chair of the Department of Drama at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, USA. He is author of The Orient on the Victorian Stage and articles in Theatre Research International, TDR, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Wordsworth Circle, and numerous anthologies.

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