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By Jodi Kanter

In Performing Loss: Rebuilding neighborhood via Theater and Writing, writer Jodi Kanter explores possibilities for creativity and progress inside of our collective responses to grief. Performing Loss offers lecturers, scholars, and others attracted to functionality with innovations for examining, writing, and acting loss as communities—in the study room, the theater, and the broader public sphere.

From an version of Jose Saramago’s novel Blindness to a examining of Suzan-Lori Parks’s The the US Play, from Kanter’s personal adventure growing theater with terminally in poor health sufferers and federal prisoners to a visible artist’s reaction to September eleventh, Kanter exhibits in useful, replicable element how appearing loss with neighborhood individuals can rework reviews of isolation and paralysis into reviews of unity and action.

Drawing on educational paintings in functionality, cultural reviews, literature, sociology, and anthropology, Kanter considers quite a number responses to grief in ancient context and is going directly to think more recent, extra collaborative, and extra civically engaged responses. Performing Loss describes Kanter’s pedagogical and inventive tactics in vigorous and shiny element, permitting the reader to exploit her initiatives as versions or to evolve the concepts to new groups, venues, and reasons.  Kanter demonstrates via every one instance the ways that writing and appearing can create new chances for mourning and residing jointly.  

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Although it is true that these practices may often be defined precisely by their divergence from the everyday, I believe that it is the theoretical and practical separations too often made between ritual and everyday behavior that have left us without ways of responding to loss. By considering them together, I hope to model possibilities for the reintegration of ritual practices into everyday behaviors. In the case of performing loss in the contemporary West, everyday behaviors are explicitly nontheatrical.

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