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Humanities 2016, 5(3), 75;

Scripting Memory and Emotions: Female Characters in Iraqi Theatre about War

Theatre and Drama, Humanities, La Trobe University, Bundoora 3086, Australia
Academic Editor: Peta Tait
Received: 20 May 2016 / Revised: 17 August 2016 / Accepted: 30 August 2016 / Published: 7 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emotions and Affect in the Humanities, Creative Arts, and Performance)
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This article focuses on the emotional lives of, and interactions between, female characters in two plays about Iraqi wars: The Hymn of the Rocking Chair (1987) by Farouk Mohammed and A Feminine Solo (2013) by Mithal Ghazi. These plays show life in Iraq in times of war. The article argues that it is significant that Iraqi women are depicted in drama and theatre, during those times of war when extreme emotional suffering and trauma prevail, in the role of storytellers. In addition, societies at war present a methodological problem for research in that playscripts might not survive intact. This reveals another type of emotional loss through war—one that involves culture itself. View Full-Text
Keywords: drama; war; Iraq; emotional suffering; female experience drama; war; Iraq; emotional suffering; female experience
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