Vocabulary List/Class Notes
According to Elizabeth Grosz, the body is a form of resistance because it exerts a
form of authority,
obedience and portraying self-representation towards cultural
In Ancient Greece, there was a religious festival in the City of Dionysia which
honored the Greek god of wine and theatre, Dionysus.
This festival included works by three
authors who each wrote and performed three tragedies with a shorter comic relief
Oedipus the King, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus
These authors competed in order
to be the best tragic poet.
As a comedian, actor and transvestite, Izzard entertains people around the world.
He is actively involved in politics and a supporter of the European Movement.
He is been in
notable movies such as Across the Universe, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
The Orient, neighboring Europe, is considered the oldest and richest of their
colonies and the contrasting element of Europe.
Orientalism in some senses is the variations
between East and West, the Orient and the Occident; however, Edward Said’s discourse is that of
much controversy, and it is offensive to many.
The large misconception was that only the West
did these things onto the East which is of much debate.
Said’s work was, at a time, banned from
the Palestine Authority, and he was deemed a man of terror.
A critic, theorist and professor, Said is most famous for his controversial
theoretical literature, Orientalism.
See above for explanation of his theory.
As a renown anthropologist, Turner spent many years observing the Ndembu
tribe in Africa.
He was personally intrigued with rituals and religious experience.
After years of
lecturing, he began a study on Christian pilgrimage as well.
Intersectionality and Barbara Christian
Intersectionality is the theory that examines and shows how socially and culturally constructed
categories interact with each other on many levels and result in the inequalities of society.
deals with the idea that race, gender, religion, class, and other characteristics that serve for basis
of oppression cannot be separated from one another, they intersect in order to form multiple
layers of discrimination.
This idea is presented by Barbara Christian who was a professor of
African American studies and a feminist.
She explores the roots and development of black
women from slavery until the present.
One of her main points is that white women and black
women have very different experiences because black women have two causes for oppression
while white women only have one – a black woman cannot be just a woman because part of her
identity is her race/ethnicity.
As post-colonial theatre deals with oppression, intersectionality is