Répertoire du personnel

Donia Mounsef

Ph.D. , UBC

Bureau : PD C-1
Téléphone : 780-465-8713
Courriel : mounsef@ualberta.ca

Intérêts de recherche

My research focuses on contemporary culture's fascination with the subjection of the body to spectacular forms of coercion. My book (nearing completion) Spectacles of Violence: Coercive Desire in Contemporary Culture challenges both the carnavalesque view on the violence spectacle and Foucault’s claim that we have entered ‘the age of sobriety in punishment’. It provides a comparative analysis of the way contemporary theatre, film, and photography have created what Mark Seltzer termed the “pathological public sphere” or the collective gathering around spectacularly wounded bodies that transforms the very notion of sociality and public spectacle into ‘wound culture.’

My other area of research focuses on intermediality in performance or the integration of media and technology into theatre. This research looks at the impact of the mediated shift in the theatre of the last three decades or what has been alternately termed ‘multimedia performance’, ‘intermedial theatre’, ‘postdramatic theatre’, ‘virtual theatre’, or ‘cyborg theatre’ and the way this interdisciplinary experimentation has developed new writing, staging, and acting techniques and given theatre practice a larger cultural relevance within the digital revolution.

My teaching focused research is in the performative approaches to dramatic texts and the role Slam poetry and spoken word can play in the teaching of French and Francophone poetry.