“Identity Issue in Contemporary Diaspora Arab Theatre” (Applied Study of Leila Buck Texts)


The problem of identity is one of the issues on the world arena, as it is an essential part of the structure of political intellect. It is also considered as prerequisite for social existence, therefor, the concept of identity has received a great attention in the field of theatre studies, especially in the Diaspora drama; most of them face a problem that is about their identity and who they are after they moved to that new social and cultural space. The paper aims for analyzing the concept of identity in Contemporary Diaspora Arab Theatre, especially in the works of the Lebanese American artist "Leila Buck"; that writer of a Lebanese mother and an American diplomat father. The concept of identity was richly introduced in her plays. Her repeated question in the “ISite” play, which is the topic of the paper: “What does it mean to be an Arab American?”; is an attempt to reveal how she shaped the concept of identity in her plays throughout a socio-cultural method. The researcher will address for the following themes: -The concept of Diaspora Arab Theatre in its debate and overlapping with the views of the others, from the researcher’s point of view. -The reasons behind the emergence of the concept of identity for Arab -Diaspora in the United States of America. -The space that Leila Buck occupies in the field of American Theatre, and her production system. -The voices that Buck introduces about her idea of identity in the "ISite" play.

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Hadeer Minshawy Abdel Dayem, Ain Shams University, Egypt

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Conference: ACAH2019
Stream: Ethnicity

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