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Examining the use of safety, confrontation, and ambivalence in six depictions of reproductive women on the American stage, 1997-2007 : staging 'the place' of abortion

Author: Lisa Hall Hagen
Publisher: Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2010.
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Fills a gap created when overtly politicized and polarized writing on abortion is removed. This title seeks to explore the ways in which theater can serve as a particularly useful place to explore  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Hall Hagen
ISBN: 9780773414662 0773414665
OCLC Number: 688643366
Description: v, 403 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Project Scope and Review of Literature --
The Shape of the Chapters --
Vocabulary and Method --
Legal and Cultural Context of Abortion in American History --
Aims and Hopes --
ch. 1 "Gravida" Versus the World: Control and Distance in The Credeaux Canvasand Mitzi's Abortion --
Introduction: Objectifying Reproductive Women --
Gravida: A Medical Metaphor --
Defining Control and Distance --
The Credeaux Canvas and Mitzi's Abortion --
Reading Amelia: Keith Bunin's The Credeaux Canvas --
The Action of The Credeaux Canvas --
The Context of Performance --
Introducing the Argument --
Reading the Text, Reading the Painting, Reading Amelia --
Amelia as a Cipher --
Winston and Jamie's Control --
The Canvas --
Concluding Ideas --
Mitzi vs. the World: Elizabeth Heffron's Mitzi's Abortion --
The Action of Mitzi's Abortion --
The Context of Performance --
Introducing the Argument --
Reading the Text: The World Around Mitzi --
Tim and Nita --
Tub and Chuck Note continued: Aquinas --
Compassionate Medicalization --
Medicalizing the Gravida --
Mitzi's Closing Journey --
Concluding Ideas --
Staging `The Front': Distancing Amelia and Mitzi --
ch. 2 Tense Liminality: Abortion Protest on Stage in The Water Children and Retrospect for Life --
Introduction: Conflict in the Middle Ground --
Abortion Protest: Definitions and History of Violence --
The Theatricality and Theatrical Potential of Protest --
Tension on Stage: The Water Children and Retrospect for Life --
Staging Explicit Ideology: Protest and Tension in MacLeod's The Water Children --
The Action of The Water Children --
The Context of Performance --
Introducing the Argument --
Reading the Text: The Trap of Ideology --
Converging Tensions --
Building Momentum: Ideology Takes Center Stage --
Explosion of Potential Energy --
The Path of the Pregnancy --
Concluding Ideas --
The Reality of Abortion and the Rupture of Protest in Morisseau's Retrospect for Life Note continued: The Action of Retrospect for Life --
The Context of Performance --
Introducing the Argument --
Reading the Text: The Symbolic Power of Protest Violence --
The Depiction of Abortion: Capturing Realities --
Shaping the Conflict with Protest --
Women versus the "Other" --
The Rupture of Violence --
Humanizing the "Other" --
The Final Moments and Symbolic Realities --
Concluding Ideas --
Protestors versus Women, Ideology versus Experience: A Difficult Middle Ground --
ch. 3 Confrontation and `The Place': The Act of Abortion On or Near the Stage in Fucking A and Jane --
Introduction: Moving the Unseen to the Stage --
A Parallel: The Historical Emergence of Violence on Stage --
The Usefulness of Extreme Visibility --
Fucking A and Jane: Abortion and the Underground --
Confronted with Blood: Suzan-lori Parks' Fucking A --
The Action of Fucking A --
The Context of Performance --
Introducing the Argument --
Reading the Text: Shock and Awe in Real Time Note continued: The Initial Shock --
Casual Reality --
The Abortionist as Criminal --
Abortion as an Attack --
Concluding Ideas --
`The Place': Staging the Abortion Procedure in Paula Kamen's Jane --
The Action of Jane --
The Context of Performance --
Introducing the Argument --
Reading the Text: The Procedure as a "Reality" --
Abortion's Context in Jane --
Truth, Reality, and Experience --
History: Conflation and Explication --
History: Shock and Honesty --
The Place --
Concluding Ideas --
Visibility and Responsibility: What we can learn from Hester and Jane --
ch. 4 Staging the "Third Position" of Abortion Ambivalence: The Power of Conflicting Truths --
Introduction: The Squirrelly Organ of the Heart --
Ambivalence and Abortion --
Ambivalence, Lived Experiences and the Theatre --
Staged Ambivalence in the Plays --
Concluding Thoughts.
Responsibility: Lisa Hall Hagen ; with a foreword by Beth Osnes.

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