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Passions and Purposes

Acting Faith and Nostalgia in New Caledonia

Matt K. Matsuda

As developed since the seventeenth century, the concept and experience of nostalgia has been linked to individuals or groups displaced from, and longing for, a distant site they consider to be “home.” Colonial historians have also noted that indigenous peoples, such as Australian Aborigines or the Kanak in New Caledonia, may suffer from “solastalgia,” that is, homesickness while “still at home” because they have been subjects with restricted rights on what was once their own territory. The thoughts and writings of Kanak seminarian and anticolonial activist Jean-Marie Tjibaou are analyzed to demonstrate the ways that Kanak communities have shaped locally rooted identities through traditions of genealogy to assert continuities in their own history. Special focus is given here to Tjibaou's seminary training and his appropriation of Biblical stories and teachings to make points about suffering, charity, nobility, and challenges to authority, both in staged passion plays and in Kanak versions of the Christian Word.

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“One Is Not Born a Dramatist”

The Genesis of Sartre’s Theatrical Career in Writings to, with, and by Beauvoir

Dennis A. Gilbert

years rehearsing their parts in the Passion Play,” to perpetuate this theatrical tradition. 33 Most of all, though, they were struck by the event, by the performance, by the theatricality of the experience: We had little taste for displays of

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Shylock in Buchenwald

Hanan Snir’s Israeli-German Production (Weimar 1995)

Gad Kaynar-Kissinger

’s physical and phenomenological territories. Jessica’s irritating plot of betraying her father and faith was reconceived as a kind of falling from grace and ultimate resurrection in a passion play. The virginal Jessica’s initial moral superiority was

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Ambiguous Attachments and Industrious Nostalgias

Heritage Narratives of Russian Old Believers in Romania

Cristina Clopot

of Christianity ’, Religion and Society: Advances in Research 2 : 54 – 71 . 10.3167/arrs.2011.020104 Naumescu , V. ( 2013 ), ‘ Old Believers’ Passion Play: The Meaning of Doubt in an Orthodox Ritualist Movement ’, in M. Pelkmans (ed

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Circling around the really Real in Iran

Ethnography of Muharram laments among Shi'i volunteer militants in the Middle East

Younes Saramifar

Traditionally, azadari (mourning ceremonies) comprised sine-zani (beating of the chest), qameh-zani (self-flagellation with swords), zanjir-zani (self-flagellation with chains), Taziyah (passion plays or folk performances), and finally dasteh or