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Beyond Failure

New Essays on the Cultural History of Failure in Theatre and Performance, 1st Edition

Edited by Tony Fisher, Eve Katsouraki

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226 pages

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Description

In setting foot on stage, every performer risks the possiblity of failure. Indeed, the very performance of any human action is inextricable from its potential not to succeed. This inherent potential has become a key critical trope in contemporary theatre, performance studies, and scholarship around visual cultures. Beyond Failure explores what it means for our understanding not just of theatrical practice but of human social and cultural activity more broadly.

The essays in this volume tackle contemporary debates around the theory and poetics of failure, suggesting that in the absence of success can be found a defiance and hopefulness that points to new ways of knowing and being in the world.

Beyond Failure offers a unique and engaging approach for students and practitioners interested not only in the impact of failure on the stage, but what it means for wider social and cultural debates.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Knowing Failure

Tony Fisher and Eve Katsouraki

PART I: THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF FAILURE

2. Carry on Camping?: Spectacle, Concealment, and Failure in the Performance ofPolitics

Simon Bayly

3. What Chance Failure?

Mischa Twitchin

4. Subverting the System: Kent Monkman and the Cultural Politics of Performing ‘Two-Spiritedness’

Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds

5. Come Hear the Music Play: The Politics of Queer Failure and Practices of Survival

Joe Parslow

6. Asserting Afro-German Subjectivity on the German Stage

Macelle Mahala

 

PART II: FAILURE AND PERFORMANCE

7. Anaesthesis: Dance Marathons and the Limits of Sense

Kélina Gotman

8. Missing the Target: Emotion, Stoic Psychology, and the Actor

Cormac Power

 

PART III: THEATRE’S PHILOSOPHY OF FAILURE

9. Theatre of the Worldless

Tony Fisher

10. Theatre’s Broken Middle

Eve Katsouraki

11. What a Joke: Ruzzante’s Failed Attempt at the Good Life

Will Daddario

Index

About the Editors

Tony Fisher is Reader in Theatre and Philosophy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. His monograph, Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500–1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State, was published in 2017. He is also co-editor (with Eve Katsouraki) of Performing Antagonism: Theatre, Performance and Radical Democracy (2017).

Eve Katsouraki's research concerns the intersections of philosophy and performance, especially in relation to modernism, political performance and animals. She is an editor for the peer-reviewed journal Performance Philosophy and core-convenor for the international Performance Philosophy network. She co-edited (with Tony Fisher) the volume Performing Antagonism: Theatre, Performance and Radical Democracy (2017).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism