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The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies


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Tracy C. Davis, Nicholas Ridout, Baz Kershaw, Susan Leigh Foster, John Emigh, Susan Bennett, Diana Taylor, Philip Auslander, Della Pollock, Shannon Jackson, Amelia Jones, E. Patrick Johnson
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  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521696265

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  • Since the turn of the century, Performance Studies has emerged as an increasingly vibrant discipline. Its concerns - embodiment, ethical research and social change - are held in common with many other fields, however a unique combination of methods and applications is used in exploration of the discipline. Bridging live art practices - theatre, performance art and dance - with technological media, and social sciences with humanities, it is truly hybrid and experimental in its techniques. This Companion brings together specially commissioned essays from leading scholars who reflect on their own experiences in Performance Studies and the possibilities this offers to representations of identity, self-and-other, and communities. Theories which have been absorbed into the field are applied to compelling topics in current academic, artistic and community settings. The collection is designed to reflect the diversity of outlooks and provide a guide for students as well as scholars seeking a perspective on research trends.

    • Brings together the diverse areas and approaches in the field of Performance Studies, providing the reader with clear orientation of this challenging discipline
    • Traces the history of how performance studies emerged, up to current trends and practices
    • Provides clear overviews of the different aspects of the subject, including performance art, visual art, dance and queer studies
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    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521696265
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The pirouette, detour, revolution, deflection, deviation, tack, and yaw of the performative turn Tracy C. Davis
    Part I. Social Polities: History in Individuals:
    1. Performance and democracy Nicholas Ridout
    2. Performance as research: live events and documents Baz Kershaw
    3. Movement's contagion: the kinesthetic impact of performance Susan Leigh Foster
    4. Performance matters: Bali and Baliology in the years of living dangerously John Emigh
    5. Universal experience: the city as tourist stage Susan Bennett
    6. Performance and intangible culture heritage Diana Taylor
    Part II. Body Politics: The Individual in History
    7. Live and technologically mediated performance Philip Auslander
    8. Moving histories: performance and oral history Della Pollock
    9. What is the 'social' in social practice?: comparing experiments in performance Shannon Jackson
    10. Live art in art history: a paradox? Amelia Jones
    11. Queer theory E. Patrick Johnson.

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    Tracy C. Davis, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Tracy C. Davis is Barber Professor of Performing Arts at Northwestern University.


    Tracy C. Davis, Nicholas Ridout, Baz Kershaw, Susan Leigh Foster, John Emigh, Susan Bennett, Diana Taylor, Philip Auslander, Della Pollock, Shannon Jackson, Amelia Jones, E. Patrick Johnson

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