Too distant shores : the Strait of Gibraltar and the space of exception
Gluhovic, Milija. (2008) Too distant shores : the Strait of Gibraltar and the space of exception. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Vol.13 (No.2). pp. 147-158. ISSN 1356-9783Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569780802054802
Focusing on The Sheep and the Whale (Le mouton et la baleine, 2001) by Moroccan-Canadian playwright Ahmed Ghazali, this essay examines political and ethical issues concerning human migration from Africa to Europe. The play's representation of human rights abuses in the Strait of Gibraltar and the dilemmas facing illegal migrants, refugees and asylum seekers will be situated in relation to current debates about the state of exception and the new forms of neo-liberal governmentality employed under the conditions of globalisation. In one way, Ghazali's drama pays homage to those trying to enter Fortress Europe - and specifically to the nameless young African bodies washed up on the shores of southern Spain. It attempts, in part, to exorcise the unspoken violence of these people's deaths in what has become a vast African cemetery, while prompting us to ask what can be done in order to reduce the death toll in the Gibraltar Strait.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Gibraltar, Strait of, Human rights -- Gibraltar, Strait of, War and emergency powers, Agamben, Giorgio, 1942- -- Criticism and interpretation, Agamben, Giorgio, 1942- Stato di eccezione|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance|
|Page Range:||pp. 147-158|
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