Redressing Absence: Mediatised Witnessing and the Reporting of the Balkan Conflict in Recent British Theatre

Geoff Willcocks

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWhen the World Turned Upside-Down: Cultural Representations of Post-1989 Eastern Europe
    EditorsKathleen Starck
    Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne, UK
    PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
    ISBN (Print)(10): 1-4438-0552-1, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-0552-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Bibliographical note

    Author's note: Significance
    This chapter began as a paper for the international conference War and Our World, held at Manchester University in July 2007. The chapter focuses on the unexplored trope in British theatre of the 1990s, which considered the ethics of war reporting, specifically, either explicitly or implicitly, within the Balkan Conflict of the 1990s. For two of the plays considered in this chapter – Chris Thorpe’s ‘Static’ and Peter Cann’s ‘Un-Earthed’, this chapter offers the first published academic criticism of these works.
    Rigour
    The chapter employs the methodology of close textual analysis within the theoretical framework of historicism. In addition much use is made of a rigorous historical and political contextualisation in order to facilitate the work’s analytical and interpretive framework.
    Originality
    As mentioned above this was the first work to academically engage with these plays and the exploration of the ethics of war reporting that they contain. This is the first academic work to consider the plays contained in this chapter. The chapter also contains original interview. Details of this book are at: http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/978-1-4438-0552-0-sample.pdf

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    Willcocks, G. (2009). Redressing Absence: Mediatised Witnessing and the Reporting of the Balkan Conflict in Recent British Theatre. In K. Starck (Ed.), When the World Turned Upside-Down: Cultural Representations of Post-1989 Eastern Europe Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.