Cultural Intifada, Beautiful Resistance

  • Gabriel Varghese


This chapter begins by exploring the historical development of Palestinian theatre since 1967. Retracing the historical development of a number of theatre companies, this chapter illustrates the close relationship between artistic works, the changing political climate and the national movement. Whereas between the 1970s and 1980s Palestinian theatre appeared to be inspired by radical approaches to Palestinian nationalism and global anti-imperialist discourses, the institutionalization of the two-state framework following the Oslo Accords affected cultural production in different ways. Tracking this shift across different companies, this chapter shows how theatre-makers attempt to unsettle the authority of the Zionist public sphere by continuously recalling Palestinian narratives of colonial abjection to the centre of public discourse.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Varghese
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  1. 1.The Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant)East JerusalemPalestine, State of

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