My dissertation advances a historical materialist understanding of alienated corporeality meant to inform Brechtian critical theatre practices. In the first half of my project, I draw on Marx's account of commodity fetishism and industrial labour to frame a discussion of Brecht's Mann ist Mann. In the second half, I revise my account of alienated corporeality in the light of Guy Debord's account of spectacular society. I then use this spectacular corporeality as a means to address Canadian inter-media artist Freya Olafson's recent works, AVATAR and HYPER_, as well as her critical engagement with social media as labour, consumption, and ontology.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. December 2014. Major: Theatre Arts. Advisor: Michal Kobialka. 1 computer file (PDF); v, 174 pages.
This is not my body: alienated corporeality and Brechtian critical theatre practices.
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