With Nada Saab. An anthology of plays from the Levant, including The Dictator, by ‘Issam Mahfouz, and Baghdadi Bath, by Jawad Al Assadi. Leiden: Brill [forthcoming].Continue reading
With Nada Saab. A collection of plays and essays by Sa’dallah Wannous, one of Syria’s most important contemporary playwrights and thinkers. Margellos World Republic of Letters. New Haven: Yale University Press [forthcoming].
Why do so few people know the name Sa’dallah Wannous? The breadth, complexity and importance of his dramatic and critical contribution are certainly comparable to contemporaries such as Athol Fugard, Wole Soyinka, and Augusto Boal.
The China Tree, published in 1995 in the anthology Modern Arabic Drama, is the first play of a trilogy written between 1963 and 1967. The trilogy also includes The Dictator (al-Dictatur), translated into English for the first time here, and Saadoun the King (Sa’dun Malikan).Read article
It is hardly surprising…that the last major work by one of Syria’s, and the Arab world’s, most significant twentieth-century playwrights, Sa‘dallah Wannus…is also infused from the beginning, both structurally and thematically, with motifs and dramaturgical manifestations of transformation.
Not only did the subject matter… create shock, another indispensable element in the creation of a modernist aesthetic, the forms of the pieces produced by the Ballet Russes transcended the simply novel.
Documentary film about Beirut street art with renowned art historian Henry Chalfant and co-produced with the Mellon Foundation and CASAR, 2011.Continue reading
Editor and author of introduction to conference proceedings. CASAR’s third international conference seeks to examine the ruptures and connections created by current and past encounters between America and the Middle East — whether economic, political, or cultural — as they have been narrated and as they have been experienced.Read article
Slaves in Algiers represents but one of several theatrical chapters in the relationship between ‘West’ and ‘East’ from the 18th- to the 20th-century… on closer examination it becomes clear that they embody complex and contradictory threads…in the relationship between the U.S. and the Arab/Muslim world.
A look at anti-Arab eruptions in Heartbreak House, by George Bernard Shaw; Look Back in Anger, by John Osborne; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, by Edward Albee.Continue reading
An examination of the pervasiveness of Eastern visual culture in modern and contemporary Western painting, theatre, opera, architecture and cinema, and the extent of the aesthetic interpenetration between East and West.
The play tells the story of Maiid and Hamiid, the latter who suffered severely under Saddam Hussein’s regime, and the former who, although he obsequiously attempts to accommodate to the country’s U.S. occupiers, will undergo a similarly traumatic experience at the hands of American soldiers.
Bell is of interest to anyone who studies the occupation of Iraq not only because from 1917 to 1924 she met its cultural and political leaders on an almost daily basis but because she wrote a number of official reports and voluminous letters – which constitute almost a daily diary – to her father and stepmother in England.
It is sufficient to review the collective imaginary of the end of this century — from fiction to music, from cinema to theatre, from biology to technology — to have an idea of the point at which the world has arrived…to have an idea of the metamorphosis of human culture.Continue reading
The narcissistic relationship of Whitman to his body runs counter to that in Pessoa – when the body is not totally hidden as the center of functions as it is in Caeiro – an intensely guilty relationship.
A poet of all impossible dreams, Fernando Pessoa made of Ludwig of Bavaria a figure of his reign of melancholy, and Ludwig populated his actual reign with phantasmagoric castles in which he housed and exorcized and incurable melancholy.Continue reading
Six Latin American playwrights demonstrate the difficulties faced by abandoned children in the region’s major cities in a theatrical production titled La Cruzada de los Niños de la Calle (The Street Children’s Crusade).