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The Performance Studies Reader

3rd Edition

Edited by Henry Bial, Sara Brady

© 2016 – Routledge

422 pages

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About the Book

Since its first publication in 2002, The Performance Studies Reader has become the leading anthology of key writings on performance studies. Now in its third edition, itcontinues to offer an unparalleled selection of work by the foremost in this continually evolving field.

These critical and theoretical contributions are joined in this edition by 16 new chapters, bringing the collection up to date with current discourse and ideas, and cross referencing exactly with Richard Schechner’s Performance Studies: An Introduction. The two volumes combine perfectly to offer a unique and complete teaching resource.

The Reader is also widely used by students and scholars around the world as a stand-alone text, offering a stimulating introduction to the crucial debates of Performance Studies.

Each essay now includes new contextual headnotes from the editors, to introduce students to the writer and their impact on the field. Newly added to this edition are contributions from:

Augusto Boal, Jill Dolan, Faye C. Fei and William H. Sun, Erika Fischer Lichte, E. Patrick Johnson, Petra Kuppers, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Bruce McConachie, Jacques Ranciere, Joseph Roach, Rebecca Schneider, Ngugi wa Thiongo

The Reader provides an overview of the full range of performance theory for undergraduates at all levels, and beginning graduate students in performance studies, theatre, performing arts and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Henry Bial and Sara Brady

Part I

What is Performance Studies?

1 - PERFORMANCE STUDIES: THE BROAD SPECTRUM APPROACH

Richard Schechner

2 - THE LIMINAL NORM

Jon McKenzie

3 - PROFESSING PERFORMANCES: DISCIPLINARY GENEALOGIES

Shannon Jackson

4 - PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

5 - PERFORMANCE STUDIES: INTERVENTIONS AND RADICAL RESEARCH

Dwight Conquergood

6 - Social Performance Studies: Discipline vs. Freedom

Faye C. Fei and William H. Sun

Part II

What is Performance?

7 - PERFORMANCES: BELIEF IN THE PART ONE IS PLAYING

Erving Goffman

8 - BLURRED GENRES: THE REFIGURATION OF SOCIAL THOUGHT

Clifford Geertz

9 - EXCERPT FROM "RESTORATION OF BEHAVIOR"

Richard Schechner

10 - WHAT IS PERFORMANCE?

Marvin Carlson

11 - MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: WITNESSING SHADOWS

Peggy Phelan

12 - THE BLUNDERS OF ORPHEUS

Joseph Roach

Part III

Ritual

13 - LIMINALITY AND COMMUNITAS

Victor Turner

14 - "PERFORMANCE" AND OTHER ANALOGIES

Catherine Bell

15 - "THE BLOOD THAT RUNS THROUGH THE VEINS": THE CREATION OF IDENTITY AND A CLIENT’S EXPERIENCE OF CUBAN-AMERICAN SANTERÍA DILOGÚN DIVINATION

Michael Atwood Mason

16 - SAINT ORLAN: RITUAL AS VIOLENT SPECTACLE AND CULTURAL CRITICISM

Alyda Faber

17 - PERFORMATIVE COMMEMORATIVES, THE PERSONAL, AND THE PUBLIC: SPONTANEOUS SHRINES, EMERGENT RITUAL

Jack Santino

18 - REENACTMENT AND RELATIVE PAIN

Rebecca Schneider

Part IV

Play

19 - THE NATURE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF PLAY AS A CULTURAL PHENOMENON

Johan Huizinga

20 - A THEORY OF PLAY AND FANTASY

Gregory Bateson

21 - THE AMBIGUITY OF PLAY

Brian Sutton-Smith

22 - JUST DOING

Allan Kaprow

23 - AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE ON PLAY, PERFORMANCE, AND RITUAL

Bruce McConachie

24 - THE SOLDIER CYCLE: HARUN FAROCKI’S IMAGES OF WAR (AT A DISTANCE)

Sara Brady

Part V

Performativity

25 - HOW TO DO THINGS WITH WORDS: LECTURE II

J.L. Austin

26 – Excerpt from SIGNATURE EVENT CONTEXT

Jacques Derrida

27 - PERFORMATIVE ACTS AND GENDER CONSTITUTION

Judith Butler

28 - INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMATIVITY AND PERFORMANCE

Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

29 - THEATRE AND ANTHROPOLOGY, THEATRICALITY AND CULTURE

Johannes Fabian

30 - UTOPIAN PERFORMATIVES

Jill Dolan

Part VI

Performing

31 - A DIALOGUE ABOUT ACTING

Bertolt Brecht

32 - THE ACTOR’S TECHNIQUE

Jerzy Grotowski

33 - A DREAM OF PASSION

Lee Strasberg

34 - EXCERPT FROM THE RAINBOW OF DESIRE

Augusto Boal

35 - RECONSIDERING STANISLAVSKY: FEELING, FEMINISM, AND THE ACTOR

Rhonda Blair

36 - Addenda, Phenomenology, Embodiment: Cyborgs and Disability Performance

Petra Kuppers

Part VII

Performance Processes

37 - FIRST ATTEMPTS AT A STYLIZED THEATRE

Vsevolod Meyerhold

38 - THE ORAL ARTIST: TRAINING AND PREPARATION

Isidore Okpewho

39 - THE DEEP ORDER CALLED TURBULENCE: THE THREE FACES OF DRAMATURGY

Eugenio Barba

40 - THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF PERFORMANCE

Mary Zimmerman

41 - Excerpt from Postdramatic Theatre

Hans-Thies Lehmann

42 - Excerpt from The Emancipated Spectator

Jacques Ranciere

43 - From Page to Stage: The Making of Sweet Tea

Patrick E. Johnson

Part VIII

Global and Intercultural Performances

44 - PERFORMING ETHNOGRAPHY

Victor Turner with Edie Turner

45 - OF MIMICRY AND MAN

Homi K. Bhabha

46 - TRANSLATING PERFORMANCE

Diana Taylor

47 - Interweaving Cultures in Performance: Different States of Being In-Between

Erika Fischer-Lichte

48 - Hemispheric America in Deep Time

Jill Lane

49 - Orature and Cyberture

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

50 - Performance Studies 3.0

Henry Bial

INDEX

About the Editors

Henry Bial is Professor of Theatre and Director of the School of the Arts at the University of Kansas, USA.

Sara Brady is Assistant Professor at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York.

Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    PER000000
    PERFORMING ARTS / General
    PER011000
    PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
    PER011020
    PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism