The Bodies of Others. Essays on Ethics and Representation

Methuen Drama – Bloomsbury, London-New York-Oxford-New Delhi-SIdney, 2022 . 240 pages. ISBN: 9781350250628

Available in English for the first time, The Bodies of Others investigates, through a series of close readings of several theatrical and film productions in Europe and South America, the relationship between “representation” (including theatrical representation) and ethics (defined as an ongoing relational negotiation, as opposed to a set of universal moral laws).

The main concepts are exposed through a comparative analysis of historical processes, political actions and artistic works from different periods. 

Thus, the dialogue between the film La carrose d’or by Jean Renoir (1952) and Rosa Cuchillo by Yuyachkani (2006) serves to address the problem of the multiple meanings of representation. The dialogue between the play El Señor Galíndez by Eduardo Pavlovsky (1973), the performance The Conquest of America by Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis (1989) and the novel 2666 (2004) by Roberto Bolaño allows the concept of an ‘ethic of the body’ to be addressed. 

Other key concepts such as identity, care, cruelty, violence, memory and testimony are considered through investigation of work such as Angelica Liddel’s theatre pieces, Rabih Mroué and Lina Majdalanie’s performances, Albertina Carri, Basilio Martín Patino and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films, and Mapa Teatro’s trans-disciplinary creations.