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Research Methods in Performance Studies

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ISBN 9781138486737
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Research Methods in Performance Studies offers a unique approach for readers to engage with performance research and methods in practice. It examines ways of making performance, researching performance cultures, researching performers who themselves are engaged in research, and conducting research in the context of enduring and emergent themes of performance studies inquiry.

This book features the work of eighteen scholar-artists currently working in performance studies who demonstrate—through applied projects--various methods for conducting performance research. The result is a wide array of novel scholarship including activist performance, slam poetry, video performance, stand-up comedy, adaptation for the Broadway stage, naturecultural performance, intersectional performance, performances of cultural and material preservation, and many others.

Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and performance practitioners alike will benefit from the approaches to performance studies research methods articulated by the scholar-artists featured in this collection.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Performance, Performativity, Research, Method

Craig Gingrich-Philbrook and Jake Simmons

Section 1: Means of Making

1. Adaptation of Literature as Method: Text, Politics, and Representation

Matthew Spangler and Humaira Ghilzai

2. Methods on My Mind in the Doing of Performance and PerformED Ethnography

D. Soyini Madison

3. A Critical Method for Performing Popular Texts: The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood as Case Study

Tracy Stephenson-Shaffer

4. Personal Narrative Performance Research: The Visceral, Collaborative and Susceptible Exploration of the Stories We Tell Others

Julie-Ann Scott Pollock

Section 2: Researching Performance Cultures

5. Disability and Performance

Donna Nudd

6. Expanding Frames of Analysis in Stand-up Comedy

Dustin Goltz

7. The Ethnography of Poetry: Or, Slamming Methods

Javon Johnson

8. Performance Space and the Architecture of Experience

Nathan Stucky

9. Beyond the Bounds of the Classroom: Facilitating Student’s Public Performances

Charles Parrot

Section 3: Researching Performers/Performers Researching

10. Mistranslation as Method in Artistic Research

Alys Longley

11. Performative Autoethnography: A Matterphor of Things

Tami Spry

12. Race and Social Justice: Performing the Radical Imagination

Amber Johnson

13. Critical/Performance Ethnography, Oral History Performance, and Listening: Notes on Methods for Living Research

Daniel B Coleman

14. The Hero’s Journey: Creating a Theatre/Storytelling Performance Inspired by the Work of Joseph Campbell

John S. Gentile

Section 4: Emerging and Enduring Contexts

15. Posthumanism and Performance: Four Practical Assertions

Travis Brisini

16. Tourism

Rebecca Walker

17. Performance, Technologies, Ontologies: The Video Performance Does Not Stand Alone

Lyndsay Gratch

18. Navigating Place as a Performance Studies Researcher: Waypoints and Breadcrumbs

Shauna MacDonald

Conclusion: Observations on Performance Studies Research and Methods

Jake Simmons

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Craig Gingrich-Philbrook is Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA. His interests include postmodern performance, queer performance and theory, performance in mediated environments, philosophy of communication, and communication theory.

Jake Simmons is Associate Dean of the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts and Letters and Associate Professor of Communication at Missouri State University, USA. His research focuses on new materialist approaches to performative writing, autoethnography, and staging practices. He is editor of Text and Performance Quarterly (2022-2024).