Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity

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April 2004



Contemporary academic discourse is filled with the word "perform." Nestled among a variety of prefixes and suffixes (re-, post-, -ance, -ivity?), the term functions as a vehicle for a host of inquiries. This development is intriguing and complex for students, artists, and scholars of performance and theater. By examining the history of theater studies and related institutions and comparing the very different disciplinary interpretations and developments that led to this engagement, this study offers ways of placing performance theory and performance studies in context.


1. Discipline and performance: genealogy and discontinuity; 2. Institutions and performance: professing performance in the early twentieth century; 3. Culture and Performance: structures of dramatic feeling; 4. Practice and performance: modernist paradoxes and literalist legacies; 5. History and performance: blurred genres and the particularising of the past; 6. Identity and performance: racial performativity and anti-racist theatre.


"Highly recommended for its detailed treatment of the obstacles and promise of performance studies." Theatre Journal "Although a relatively slim volume, Professing Performance is an unusually ambitious, far-ranging and richly textured study." The Drama Review David Savran
EAN: 9780521651899
ISBN: 0521651891
Untertitel: 'Theatre and Performance Theory'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 254 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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