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dc.contributor.authorHaddow, Sam
dc.identifier.citationHaddow , S 2023 , ' Artaud’s civil war : ‘Theatre and the Plague’ in the time of Covid-19 ' , New Theatre Quarterly , vol. 39 , no. 3 .
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dc.description.abstractThis article examines Antonin Artaud’s ‘Theatre and the Plague’ in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic and through the Ancient Greek term stasis, which describes a civil war between domestic and public spaces. Once initiated, it was believed that this conflict would spread from household to household like a contagion; city states thus implemented draconian measures in the name of preventing stasis. Giorgio Agamben argues that such measures were embedded in subsequent theories of the state, fuelling ever more oppressive policies throughout history. Artaud’s ‘Theatre of Cruelty’ energizes a force comparable to this stasis, both in terms of its latency and its contagiousness, activating dormant conflicts in the individual that are expressed through networks of infection and create frontiers of shared resistance to institutional authority. ‘Theatre and the Plague’, read through the lens of stasis, can thus offer valuable contributions to current debates around biopolitics, particularly those seeking collective forms of agency during and beyond the current pandemic.
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dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.subjectNicole Lorauxen
dc.subjectGiorgio Agambenen
dc.subjectSDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutionsen
dc.titleArtaud’s civil war : ‘Theatre and the Plague’ in the time of Covid-19en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Dramaen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Englishen
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