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American Cultures as Transnational Performance
Commons, Skills, Traces

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ISBN 9780367501310
August 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book investigates transnational processes through the analytic lens of cultural performance.

Structured around key concepts of Performance Studies––commons, skills, and traces, this edited collection addresses the political, normative, and historical implications of cultural performances beyond the limits of the (U.S.) nation-state. These three central aspects of performance function as entryways to inquiries into transnational processes and allow the authors to shift the discussion away from text-centered approaches to intercultural encounters and to bring into focus the dynamic field that opens up between producer, art work, context, setting, and audience in the moment of performance as well as in its afterlife. The essays provide fresh, performance-based approaches to notions of transcultural mobility and circulation, transnational cultural experience and knowledge formation, transnational public spheres, and identities’ rootedness in both specific local places or diasporic worlds beyond the written word.

It will be of great interest to scholars and students of American Studies, Performance Studies, and Transnational Studies

Table of Contents



List of Illustrations


Birgit Bauridl, Katrin Horn, Leopold Lippert, Ilka Saal, Pia Wiegmink


2. The San Francisco Opera House as a Music Theater Commons: Performing Heart of a Soldier Ten Years After 9/11

Nassim Winnie Balestrini

3. Performing Il/legibility: Staging Miscegenation in in Oroonoko and Inkle and Yarico on the late Eighteenth-Century Stage

Theresa Saxon

4. Absence and Cracks in Erica Mott’s Technopera 3 Singers

Andrea Zittlau

5. Transatlantic Musical Performances for American Indian Sovereignty in Late Cold War Central Europe

György Tóth


6. Border Movement: Transnational Performance in Practice

Marina Barsy Janer, Caro Ley, Denise Uyehara, Pia Wiegmink, Andrea Zittlau


7. Performance Labor and Transnational Capitalism in Annie Proulx’ Barkskins

Leopold Lippert

8. Fugitive Voices: Artfulness, Performance, and ‘The Other’ in Advertisements for African and African American Fugitives in the Early National United States

Shaun Wallace


9. Radical Time Travel: An Interview with Denise Uyehara

Pia Wiegmink and Andrea Zittlau


10. #god im so glad i got to go: The Monster Ball’s Transnational Performances and Digital Traces

Katrin Horn

11. Theater of War: Reconstructing (Trans)national Affiliation and Performance Residue in a Divided City

Juliane Braun

12. Tracing, Erasing, and Recovering Spring Path: An Eighteenth-Century ‘Site of Memory’ in Olaudah Equiano’s Jamaica

Linda Sturtz

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Katrin Horn is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bayreuth.

Leopold Lippert is Assistant Professor at the English Department at the University of Münster.

    Ilka Saal is Professor of American Literature at the University of Erfurt.

    Pia Wiegmink is Assistant Professor in the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz.