Staging Trauma

Bodies in Shadow

  • Miriam Haughton

Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Miriam Haughton
    Pages 81-116
  3. Miriam Haughton
    Pages 205-222
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 223-243

About this book


This book investigates contemporary British and Irish performances that stage traumatic narratives, histories, acts and encounters. It includes a range of case studies that consider the performative, cultural and political contexts for the staging and reception of sexual violence, terminal illness, environmental damage, institutionalisation and asylum. In particular, it focuses on 'bodies in shadow' in twenty-first century performance: those who are largely written out of or marginalised in dominant twentieth-century patriarchal canons of theatre and history. This volume speaks to students, scholars and artists working within contemporary theatre and performance, Irish and British studies, memory and trauma studies, feminisms, performance studies, affect and reception studies, as well as the medical humanities.


Trauma Suffering Psychological violence Contemporary theatre and performance Traumatic narratives Staging violence Sexual violence Twenty-first century performance Memory and trauma Bodies in shadow Feminism Medical humanities

Authors and affiliations

  • Miriam Haughton
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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