Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Douglas Paterson
This thesis equivalent projects documents the internal and external devices of Tony Kushner’s 2004 play Homebody/Kabul through the lens of dramaturgy.
Chapter One, Introduction, establishes definitions of dramaturgy from noted scholars Anne Cattaneo and Martin Esslin. Chapter Two, Dramaturgical Analysis of the Text, provides a frame for the external structure of the play, and investigates questions of the playwrights past work, the place production history, and the use of Nany Hatch Dupree’s book, A Historical Guide to the City of Kabul, and the changes in the text from the 2001 First Edition to the 2004 Revised Edition of Homebody/Kabul. The third chapter, Areas of Dramaturgical Inquiry, discusses eight key areas, including the history of Afghanistan; the development of the Taliban; the timeline suggested in the play by the 1998 embassy bombings; the multiple cases of substance abuse; questions about the alleged grave of Cain; the role of Frank Sinatra's music in the play; the sevem foreign languages spoken in the text; and the changes in the script since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Kumar, Sonali, "Oh, I love love love love the world!: Dramaturgical explorations in "Homebody/Kabul"" (2006). Student Work. 3289.
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