Lisa Kron: Facing and Placing Lesbian Identity on New York Stages

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Ideas about non-places and un-spaces have dominated the fields of cultural studies and performance theory for the last couple of decades. (See for example the work of Gaston Bachelard, Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, Herni Lefebvre, and Edward Soja.) As scholars have analyzed postmodern lived experience — in international airports, shopping malls, amusement parks, and cyberspace — they have variously articulated the sentiments expressed by Marc Auge in Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity: "The space of non-place creates neither singular identity nor relations; only solitude and similitude" (Auge 103). Postmodern people spend ever-increasing amounts of time in transit through dehistoricized, commerce-driven placeless zones, and as a consequence both individuated subjectivities and their relationship to, and effect on, indigenous communities are, according to theorists, in extreme peril.

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