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The Ends of Performance - Peggy Phelan

The Ends of Performance

By: Peggy Phelan (Editor), Jill Lane (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780814766460
Number Of Pages: 384

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Focusing on the living arts--dance, theatre, music, performance art, ritual, and popular entertainment-- performance studies expands our understanding of "performance" as both a vital artistic practice and a means by which to understand social and cultural processes. Bridging the gap between cultural studies, performing arts, and anthropology, performance studies explores myriad ways in which performance creates meaning and shapes our everyday lives.

The broadest and most inclusive volume to date, The Ends of Performance both celebrates and critiques the institutionalization of the field. Only recently has the field given keen attention to the interpretive force and consequences of performance events, and it is these consequences that the The Ends of Performance articulates. Here performance studies illuminates the complex social and cultural formations of our time--the impact of virtual technology, the racialized discourses of legal and cultural citizenship, the impact of new medical discourses, and the medicalization of the body. Featuring work by leading theorists such as Joseph Roach, Diana Taylor, and Richard Schechner, excursions into performative writing by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Della Pollock, and texts by performance artists Orlan and Deb Margolin, The Ends of Performance illuminates the provocative intellectual ends which motivate these varied approaches to performing writing, and to writing performance.

Introduction: The Ends of Performancep. 1
History, Memory, Necrophiliap. 23
Seeing Death: The Photography of David Wojnarowiczp. 31
On Colonial Forgetting: The Conquest of New Mexico and Its Historiap. 52
Performing Writingp. 73
Teaching "Experimental Critical Writing"p. 104
This Black Body in Questionp. 116
A Fool's Discourse: The Buffoonery Syndromep. 131
Spare Partsp. 149
AmeRican Accents Syncopate the Statep. 169
Border Watchingp. 178
Staging Crisis: Twin Tales in Moving Politicsp. 186
Bodies outside the State: Black British Women Playwrights and the Limits of Citizenshipp. 197
Genre Trouble: (The) Butler Did Itp. 217
The Mirrored Stage: Reflections on the Presence of Sylvia [Bataille] Lacanp. 236
Virtual Criticism and the Dance of Deathp. 247
The Bed Took up Most of the Roomp. 262
Orlan's Performative Transformations of Subjectivityp. 285
Interventionp. 315
Of Mice, Bugs and Womenp. 328
What Is Performance Studies Anyway?p. 357
Contributorsp. 363
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9780814766460
ISBN-10: 0814766463
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.71