Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48Twenty-first-century media and political discourse sometimes makes “strangers” – refugees, immigrants, minorities – the scapegoats for social and economic disorder. In this heated climate, theatre has the potential to promote greater compassion and empathy for outsiders. A study of cultural difference in contemporary Canadian theatre, Staging Strangers considers how theatre facilitates an understanding of distant places and issues. Theatre in Canada, and especially in Toronto, has long been a place for communities to celebrate their traditions, but it is now emerging as a forum for staging stories that stretch beyond the local and the national. Com- bining archival research and performance analysis, Barry Freeman analyzes the possibilities and hazards of representing strangers, and the many ways the stranger on stage may be fetishized or domesticated, marked for assimilation, or turned into an object of fear. A fresh look at ways to cultivate ethical responsibility for global issues, Staging Strangers imagines a role for theatre in creating a more tolerant, caring, and cooperative world. Barry Freeman is professor of theatre and performance studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Three modernist women, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886–1961), Mina Loy (1882–1966), and Nancy Cunard (1896–1965), came to define the interwar avant-garde through their experimental writing and unconventional pursuits. In Staging Modernist Lives, Sasha Colby dramatizes these women’s lives and writing in three new plays that traverse the origins of modernism, Parisian literary circles, two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, and race and gender re- lations in the first half of the twentieth century. Leveraging each writer’s auto- biographical materials, the plays explore the work of H.D., Loy, and Cunard as artists, publishers, and activists, their quests for self-definition amid politi- cal and historical upheaval, and their development as modernists among mentors, detractors, lovers, and friends including Bryher Ellerman, Ezra Pound, Sigmund Freud, Gertrude Stein, Arthur Cravan, D.H. Lawrence, and Pablo Neruda. Navigating the emerging field of research-creation, Staging Modernist Lives maps the critical terrain for dramatized literary inquiry. Bridging scholarship and creative practice, extant biographical drama and the possibilities of research-theatre, Staging Modernist Lives demonstrates how performance can deliver literary history to new audiences – and how research in turn reinvigorates itself through performance. “Thought-provoking, well-researched, and handled with artistry, Staging Modernist Lives is valuable both for the way it illuminates modernist work and how it explores new research methods that are grounded in performance. Sasha Colby makes a strong case for the importance of approaching – and researching – the work of these modernist writers through the genre of dramatic biography.” Miranda Hickman, McGill University Sasha Colby is director of Graduate Liberal Studies and associate professor of English at Simon Fraser University. 4 1 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 T H E AT R E S T U D I E S • C U LT U R A L S T U D I E S D R A M A • E N G L I S H L I T E R AT U R E S P E C I F I C AT I O N S March 2017 978-0-7735-4952-4 $32.95A CDN, $32.95A US, £27.99 paper 978-0-7735-4951-7 $100.00S CDN, $100.00S US, £86.00 cloth 6 x 9 208pp 5 photos eBook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S February 2017 978-0-7735-4894-7 $37.95A CDN, $37.95A US, £33.00 paper 978-0-7735-4893-0 $110.00S CDN, $110.00S US, £95.00 cloth 6 x 9 336pp eBook available Staging Strangers Theatre and Global Ethics barry freeman How theatre can help create ethical relationships among strangers in a divisive age. Staging Modernist Lives H.D., Mina Loy, Nancy Cunard, Three Plays and Criticism sasha colby Three plays dramatize the lives and works of key modernist writers, making a case for performance in literary research.