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Congratulations to Minou Arjomand on the Publication of Her First Book

Thu, October 4, 2018
Congratulations to Minou Arjomand on the Publication of Her First Book
Minou Arjomand

Minou Arjomand has just published her first book, Staged: Show Trials, Political Theater, and the Aesthetics of Judgment, with Columbia University Press! Purchase information can be found here.

Here's what people are saying:

"In crystal-clear prose, Staged examines the unique relation between political thought and theater in German and German-American theater from the 1920s to the 1970s, one born from the historical experience of Nazism, the Holocaust, and their aftermath. I was struck by how much we can learn from this painful period of German and German-American theater and political thought. The book is very timely indeed."

-Martin Puchner, Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University.

"This is a brilliant work that gives us both a social history and critical theory of postwar theatre. One thinks about the show trial as a terrible miscarriage of justice, but Arjomand gives trial theatre another function: public deliberation and judgment on responsibility and political justice. Whereas much attention has been given to the theatricality of legal trials, Arjomand asks us to value the public function of theatre in enacting debates on justice and establishing a public practice of considered judgment. The history of postwar German theatre offered here engaged in critical theory and aesthetics in a new and engaging argument about aesthetics and politics and the public functions of art in a democracy."

-Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

About the Author:

Minou Arjomand is an assistant professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include twentieth and twenty-first century theatre, performance studies, aesthetic and political philosophy, and opera.

Congratulations Minou! 

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