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Between the Masks : Resisting the Politics of Essentialism - Diane DuBose Brunner

Between the Masks

Resisting the Politics of Essentialism

Paperback Published: 22nd October 1998
ISBN: 9780847688968
Number Of Pages: 192

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Between the Masks articulates a study of representation and the 'politics of place' through a pedagogy of narrative-performing inquiry and a critical reflection on identity. As a resistance to essentialist politics, the text focuses on the identity making/marking role of cultural materials in the recovery of different and overdetermind histories. It proposes a multicultural revision of knowledge that displaces the binarisms of insider/outside rather than simply shifting the margin to the center. By combining perspectives that produce strong readings with a semiotic method of analysis, the essentialist representations of racial, ethnic, sexual, and class biases will be revealed as strategies of power that employ appearance in their seduction. By this method, Brunner suggests a view of reflexive performance that seeks not to legitimate, but to critique, displace, and liberate these illusions of identity. Between the Masks promotes critical teaching that can bring together the literary, the historic, the theoretical, and the sociological. Brunner suggests the combined study of cultural studies and education as a theoretical and pedagogical site which embraces curriculum theory, teacher preparation, and policy. This book marks a move toward intertextual, interdisciplinary study which will help educators modulate the complicated conversations and contexts of todayOs schools.

The coda, Critical Teaching and Theatricality in Everyday Life, is an especially provocative look at universities and English departments as theaters of knowledge. Recommended for all collections.--H. A. Booth, SUNY at Buffalo "CHOICE "

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
On Pedagogy and Performance
Toward a Pedagogy of Narrative-Performative Inquiryp. 27
Untelling Essentialismp. 29
Educational Significancep. 38
Theorizing "Place" in the Performance of Identityp. 47
Displacing the Properp. 48
Narrative-Performative Strategiesp. 54
Interrogating the "Mirrors of Seduction"
Musical Elaborations of Identityp. 67
The "Machinery" of Representationp. 75
Teaching the Popularp. 78
Masks in Film and Literaturep. 87
The Unquiet Selfp. 94
On the Limits of Bodies That Matterp. 99
In(ter)ventions: Performative Bridgework
Acts of Cultural Recoveryp. 109
Ritual Performances and Transformative Ritualsp. 113
Between the Masksp. 123
Border Literacies, Body Literaciesp. 131
The "Aesthetic of Curiosity" in the Theater of Resistancep. 137
From Ritual to Playp. 142
Coda: Critical Teaching and Theatricality in Everyday Life: A Reflexive View of Performancep. 149
Appendixp. 159
Referencesp. 161
Indexp. 173
About the Authorp. 000
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ISBN: 9780847688968
ISBN-10: 0847688968
Series: Culture and Education
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 22nd October 1998
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.88  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.25