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Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance

The Ghosts of the Franklin Expedition

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Heather Davis-Fisch
    Pages 61-87
  3. Heather Davis-Fisch
    Pages 125-142
  4. Heather Davis-Fisch
    Pages 143-164
  5. Heather Davis-Fisch
    Pages 195-200
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-229

About this book


In 1845, John Franklin's Northwest Passage expedition disappeared. The expedition left an archive of performative remains that entice one to consider the tension between material remains and memory and reflect on how substitution and surrogation work alongside mourning and melancholia as responses to loss.


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About the authors

Heather Davis-Fisch is an instructor in English and Theatre at the University of Fraser Valley, Canada

Bibliographic information


"Davis-Fisch's book is . . . the most original and engaging work on the cultural impact of the mid-century Franklin fascination yet to appear - and, it's to be hoped, a harbinger of further such studies of the larger dramas of exploration as such, in all the regions of the world that the 'West' thought of as distant." - The Arctic Book Review

"The argument of Heather Davis-Fisch's book - that we might trace the 'remains' of a cultural event through performance in order both to evoke its circumstances and to argue for a relationship between performance and history, as well as performance and 'loss' more generally - is important, compelling, and interesting. Davis-Fisch makes her points clearly and delivers interesting close readings informed by recent criticism and theory." - Jennifer Hill, Fitzgerald Distinguished Professor of the Humanities , University of Nevada, Reno