Scenographies of the Subject

  • Lars Friedrich
  • Karin Harrasser
  • Céline Kaiser

About this book


Under what circumstances do subjects become visible? And how do subjects themselves change and move the circumstances that allow them to appear? Rather than describing medial, architectural, or rhetorical arrangements that are readily available to subjects, or concentrating on the processes of subject constitution without their scenic arrangements, this volume is dedicated to the reciprocal production of both subjects and scenes. From various perspectives, it underlines the abysmal conditions in which subjects arrive on stage and vice versa the stages arrive at their subjects. Through articles that analyze concrete scenes in a highly-focused manner and question the concept of the scene itself, this volume argues that there is not subject without a scene, and no scene without an instance of description. Based on this thesis, this volume investigates antique drama and revolutionary rhetoric, therapeutic and bureaucratic facilities, experiments in fine art and film, and, not least, scenes of theory: rhetorical stages that perform arguments and politics.


  • Founding scenes
  • Scenes of Therapy
  • Scenes of Transgression
  • Scenes of Theory

Target Groups

Students of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Cultural Studies

The Editors

Dr. Lars Friedrich works at the Institute for German Literature at the University of Frankfurt am Main.
Dr. Karin Harrasser is a professor at the Art University in Linz.
Dr. Céline Kaiser is a professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Ottersberg.


Theory of the Subject Theory of Theatre Subjectivation Scene Performativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Lars Friedrich
    • 1
  • Karin Harrasser
    • 2
  • Céline Kaiser
    • 3
  1. 1.Goethe-Universität FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Kunstuniversität LinzLinzAustria
  3. 3.University of Applied Sciences and ArtsOttersbergGermany

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