New Book Announcement: Performing Gender Violence

Recently published is Performing Gender Violence: Plays by Contemporary American Women Dramatists, edited by Barbara Ozieblo and Noelia Hernando-Real. More details may be found at:

Violence against women in plays by women has earned little mention. This revolutionary collection fills that gap, focusing on plays by American women dramatists, written in the last thirty years, which deal with different forms of gender violence. Each author discusses specific manifestations of violence in carefully selected plays: psychological violence, violence within the family, violence suffered by women at the hands of the medical profession, violence caused by situations of war and social injustice. This book encompasses the theatrical devices used to represent violence on the stage in an age of virtual, immediate reality as much as the problematics of gender violence in modern society.

Table of contents
Introduction – Noelia Hernando-Real and Barbara Ozieblo
Violence against Women: Forms and Responses – Marta Fernández-Morales, Inmaculada Pineda-Hernández, Miriam López-Rodríguez, Barbara Ozieblo
Violence against Women in U.S. Theater – Noelia Hernando-Real and Barbara Ozieblo
My Home, My Battleground: The Deconstruction of the American Family – Noelia Hernando-Real
The Role of Female Bonding on the Stage of Violence – María Dolores Narbona-Carrión
A Stalker, a Serial Killer, and the Women Who Survived Them: Psychological Abuse as a Form of Gender Violence – Miriam López-Rodríguez
The New Breast Cancer (Im)patient: Female Revolt against Biomedical Violence in US Drama – Marta Fernández-Morales
Survival Strategies in Recent Plays by African American Women Playwrights – Inmaculada Pineda-Hernández
Documenting War: Theatrical Interventions by Emily Mann and Heather Raffo – Ilka Saal
The Victim and the Audience?s Pleasure: an Exploration of Carson Kreitzer?s Self Defense and Stefanie Zadravec?s Honey Brown Eyes – Barbara Ozieblo


About Sarah Bay-Cheng

Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College. Co-host for the On TAP (Theatre and Performance Studies) podcast at Editor for the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave). Sporadically blogging about theatre, performance, and digital culture. twitter: @performaddict
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