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The Theatre of Genocide: Four Plays about Mass Murder in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, and Armenia [Paperback]

Robert Skloot

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Jan. 9 2008
In this pioneering volume, Robert Skloot brings together four plays—three of which are published here for the first time—that fearlessly explore the face of modern genocide. The scripts deal with the destruction of four targeted populations: Armenians in Lorne Shirinian'sExile in the Cradle, Cambodians in Catherine Filloux'sSilence of God, Bosnian Muslims in Kitty Felde'sA Patch of Earth, and Rwandan Tutsis in Erik Ehn'sMaria Kizito. Taken together, these four plays erase the boundaries of theatrical realism to present stories that probe the actions of the perpetrators and the suffering of their victims. A major artistic contribution to the study of the history and effects of genocide, this collection carries on the important journey toward understanding the terror and trauma to which the modern world has so often been witness.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (Jan. 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299224740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299224745
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,876,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With the world in a blaze of war, "The Theatre of Genocide" is all too timely. The compelling, evocative plays Robert Skloot has chosen move from the Armenian genocide, which preceded the Holocaust, to the more recent horrors of Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Readers, educators, and theatre practitioners alike should find inspiration in this volume which serves as a warning against moral complacency and a call to meaningful action.”—Barbara W. Grossman, Tufts University, former Presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council

About the Author

Robert Skloot is professor in the Department of Theater and Drama and in the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of the playIf the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide. He is also the author ofThe Darkness We Carry: The Drama of the Holocaustand editor ofThe Theatre of the Holocaust, Volumes 1 and 2, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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