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Talk: Beyond the Wall: Teichoscopy and the Limits of Tragedy

6206C Phelps Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Teichoscopy is a theatrical means of communicating occurrences that happen offstage. A figure, commonly subaltern and anonymous, climbs to an elevated position to report what it sees from this vantage point while the leading figure remains below to hear. In thus visibly inverting the positions of power on stage, teichoscopy can not only call into question social and political hierarchies, it also serves to comment on the central tragic notion of the ‘fall of kings’ ...