Attending to the Present in Premodern Theater: Violence, Spectatorship, Endurance.
Please save the date for an upcoming talk by Juliette Cherbuliez, Associate Professor of French, University of Minnesota
It might seem paradoxical to suggest that we can recover a notion of the present in premodern theater, but in this talk Dr. Cherbuliez explores a way to locate such theatrical presence in a seventeenth-century archive. She argues that theatrical presence is not “absence” (Phelan) but a version of a material “thisness” (Coonfield and Rose), an effect of the dynamic relationality created among perceiver and perceived. Reading Jean Rotrou’s 1634 Hercule mourant, she suggests how the theatrical event of Hercule’s dying — poisoned by a coat — is a specific performance of presence.
Without seeing that Hercule is burning from within, we witness his Neostoic inquiry into death as he succumbs, a demise that covers about two fifths of a five-act play. Such theater puts into scene a notion of presence that calls on the spectator to “endure” a spectacle, as both a member of an audience and an isolated body.
When: Tuesday, October 20, 3:30-5pm
Where: Doheny Memorial Library, Room G28 (Herklotz Room in the Music Library)
Refreshments will be served.
All are welcome.
For further information, please contact Dr. Rosensweig at email@example.com.