1st Edition

Milestones in Feminist Performance

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    This accessible introduction challenges fixed understandings of the geographical or conceptual ‘origins’ of feminist performance, offering a fresh and open-ended guide to the moments and movements that have come to define this vital field.


    Designed for weekly use on performance studies courses, each of the book’s ten chapters highlights the key works of feminist performance, including performance art, live art, body art, activism, and theatre. These milestones are all linked to acts of rupture and political reanimation, as artists broke with dominant and understandings of gender, art, and value, that were taken to be insurmountable and static.


    Milestones are a range of accessible textbooks, breaking down the need-to-know moments in the social, cultural, political and artistic development of foundational subject areas.


    Tiina Rosenberg, Fawzia Afzal-Khan, and Sandra D’Urso


    CHAPTER 1: The Postcolonial Turn In Feminist Theatre and Performance. Case Study: Pakistan

    Fawzia Afzal-Khan


    CHAPTER 2: Black Performance in Brazil. Black Skin, White Masks as Intersectional and Decolonial Feminist Performance Practice

    Deise Faria Nunes


    CHAPTER 3: French Afrofeminist Performance: A Rising Wave Since the 2010s 

    Sophie Exbrayat


    CHAPTER 4: Feminist Performance Art in the Americas

    Candice Amich


    CHAPTER 5: The ‘Arab Spring’ as a Milestone in Feminist Performance

    Joel Abdelmoez


    CHAPTER 6:The Queer Turn: Gender as Performance

    Tiina Rosenberg


    CHAPTER 7: Larval Ecologies: Femi-Queer-Crip Performance Practice at the Edge of the Sixth Extinction

    Anuj Vaidya


    CHAPTER 8: Transfeminist Performance: A Liberatory Praxis

    Anna Renée Winget


    CHAPTER 9: Decolonizing the Posthuman in Feminist Performance: From Cyborgs to Inhuman and Non-Human Figures

    Sandra D’Urso


    CHAPTER 10: Do Feminist Milestones Burn? Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer in Times of War

    Tatiana Klepikova





    Tiina Rosenberg is a professor of theatre and performance studies at Stockholm University (Sweden). Previously, she held professorships in gender studies at Stockholm and Lund Universities and served as the vice-chancellor of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. Rosenberg has extensively explored performing arts, feminism, and queer theory in her writings.


    Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Professor of English and former Director of Women and Gender Studies (now Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies) at Montclair State University (US). Specializing in Feminist Theory, Cultural, Performance, and Postcolonial Studies, she designed and instructs MSU's inaugural course on Muslim women's writings, alongside an Honours course in Muslim Pop Culture.  


    Sandra D’Urso obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts and is an independent scholar in Melbourne (Australia). Their primary interests include feminist performance art, Australian theatre, and contemporary performance art within states of exception.