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A Cruel Theatre of Self-Immolations: Contemporary Suicide Protests by Fire and Their Resonances in Culture

Authors:

  • Grzegorz Tomasz Ziółkowski

Abstract

A Cruel Theatre of Self-Immolations investigates contemporary protest self-burnings and their echoes across culture. The book provides a conceptual frame for the phenomenon and an annotated, comprehensive timeline of suicide protests by fire, supplemented with notes on artworks inspired by or devoted to individual cases. The core of the publication consists of six case studies of these ultimate acts, augmented with analyses and interpretations hailing from the visual arts, film, theatre, architecture, and literature. By examining responses to these events within an interdisciplinary frame, Ziółkowski highlights the phenomenon’s global reach and creates a broad, yet in-depth, exploration of the problems that most often prompt these self-burnings, such as religious discrimination and harassment, war and its horrors, the brutality and indoctrination of authoritarian regimes and the apathy they produce, as well as the exploitation of the so-called "subalterns" and their exclusion from mainstream economic systems. Of interest to scholars from an array of fields, from theatre and performance, to visual art, to religion and politics, A Cruel Theatre of Self-Immolations offers a unique look at voluntary, demonstrative, and radical performances of shock and subversion.

Metrics

Record ID
UAMdecf49789e25458695cc4448c377f0e0
Book type
Monograph
Author
Publisher (from the publisher list)
Routledge
Pages
291
ISBN
978-0-367-18064-5
Issue year
2020
Keywords in English
self-burning, self-immolation, protest suicide, necroresistance, contemporary culture, film, theatre, performance, literature, poetry
DOI
Go to the document by digital ID DOI:10.4324/9780429059377 Opening in a new tab
Language
(en) English
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Score (nominal)
300
Score correction
Score increased (at least one author declares Humanities, Social sciences or Theological science)
Score source
publisherList
book.scoring
Ministerial score = 300.0, 28-12-2021, MonograhOrBookMainLanguagesAuthor
Publication indicators
GS Citations = 1
Citation count
2

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Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/book/UAMdecf49789e25458695cc4448c377f0e0/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAMdecf49789e25458695cc4448c377f0e0

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