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(Re-)building a museum, (re-)worlding a nation, (re-)writing history: aesthetics and politics of time, space, and memory in Hannah Khalil’s a auseum in Baghdad

(Re-)building a museum, (re-)worlding a nation, (re-)writing history: aesthetics and politics of time, space, and memory in Hannah Khalil’s a auseum in Baghdad
(Re-)building a museum, (re-)worlding a nation, (re-)writing history: aesthetics and politics of time, space, and memory in Hannah Khalil’s a auseum in Baghdad
The premiere of Khalil’s A Museum in Baghdad (2019) marks a critical juncture in the history of contemporary British drama. Taking AMB as its focal point, this essay ponders how AMB renders the museum as a multivalent allegorical space and institutional-discursive means whereby the complicities between culture, imperialism, and resource extractivism are revealed. Scrutinizing the spatial, temporal, and formal subtleties informing Khalil’s treatment of Baghdad Museum, this essay explores the manifold parallels established between the two processes of museum-building and nation-building. Finally, the essay demonstrates how the dramatic aesthetic and historical method informing AMB can be characterized as “evental irrealism”.
1054-2043
Fakhrkonandeh, Alireza
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Fakhrkonandeh, Alireza
01a37fed-90cb-4b0c-a72e-32276e951e5f

Fakhrkonandeh, Alireza (2022) (Re-)building a museum, (re-)worlding a nation, (re-)writing history: aesthetics and politics of time, space, and memory in Hannah Khalil’s a auseum in Baghdad. TDR: The Drama Review, 67 (1). (In Press)

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The premiere of Khalil’s A Museum in Baghdad (2019) marks a critical juncture in the history of contemporary British drama. Taking AMB as its focal point, this essay ponders how AMB renders the museum as a multivalent allegorical space and institutional-discursive means whereby the complicities between culture, imperialism, and resource extractivism are revealed. Scrutinizing the spatial, temporal, and formal subtleties informing Khalil’s treatment of Baghdad Museum, this essay explores the manifold parallels established between the two processes of museum-building and nation-building. Finally, the essay demonstrates how the dramatic aesthetic and historical method informing AMB can be characterized as “evental irrealism”.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 April 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 471628
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/471628
ISSN: 1054-2043
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Date deposited: 15 Nov 2022 17:39
Last modified: 15 Nov 2022 17:40

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