Introduction: Pedagogy, Politics and the Personal

  • Glenn D’Cruz


This chapter introduces the general themes of the book under three headings: pedagogy, politics and the personal. The first presents the claim that the popularity of postdramatic theatre in universities, whether written by playwrights or devised by students, is primarily due to flexible casting requirements and suitability for large groups of students. The second heading introduces the political themes of the book: the relationship between aesthetics and politics, the politics of academic institutions and the politics of teaching. The vexed relationship between aesthetics and politics is a persistent theme in the critical literature on postdramatic theatre. The chapter concludes with a brief account of Rancière’s “distribution of the sensible” and the use of personal teaching anecdotes as a source of autoethnographic knowledge.


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  • Glenn D’Cruz
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  1. 1.School of Communication & Creative ArtDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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