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The Routledge Circus Studies Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Peta Tait, Katie Lavers

Routledge

626 pages

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Description

The Routledge Circus Studies Reader offers an absorbing critical introduction to this diverse and emerging field. It brings together the work of over 30 scholars in this discipline, including Janet Davis, Helen Stoddart and Peta Tait, to highlight and address the field’s key historical, critical and theoretical issues. It is organised into three accessible sections, Perspectives, Precedents and Presents, which approach historical aspects, current issues, and the future of circus performance.

The chapters, grouped together into 13 theme-based sub-sections, provide a clear entry point into the field and emphasise the diversity of approaches available to students and scholars of circus studies. Classic accounts of performance, including pieces by Philippe Petit and Friedrich Nietzsche, are included alongside more recent scholarship in the field.

Edited by two scholars whose work is strongly connected to the dynamic world of performance, The Routledge Circus Studies Reader is an essential teaching and study resource for the emerging discipline of circus studies. It also provides a stimulating introduction to the field for lovers of circus.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Circus Perspectives, Precedents and Presents

PETA TAIT AND KATIE LAVERS

Part I

Perspectives

Aesthetics

1. Aesthetics

HELEN STODDART

2. Staging of Actions: Heroes, Antiheroes and Animal Actors

PAUL BOUISSAC

3. An Epic of New Circus

MARTINE MALEVAL

4. The Man in the Red Coat: Management in the Circus

RON BEADLE AND DAVID KŐNYŐT

 

The Clown

5. Clowns and Clown Play

LOUISE PEACOCK

6. Diminutive Catastrophe: Clown’s Play

MAGGI PHILLIPS

 

Cross-Arts

7. Circus Music: The Eye of the Ear

KIM BASTON

8. Art and Androgyny: The Aerialist

NAOMI RITTER

9. When the Future was Now: Archaos Within a Theatre Tradition

ROBERTA MOCK

 

Gender and Sexuality

10. Respectable Female Nudity

JANET M. DAVIS

11. A Queer Circus: Amok in New York

MARK SUSSMAN

 

Race

12. Celebrated at First, Then Implied and Finally Denied: The Erosion of Aboriginal Identity in Circus, 1851-1960

MARK ST LEON

 

Sideshows

13. Freaks of Culture: Institutions, Publics, and the Subjects of Ethnographic Knowledge

RACHEL ADAMS

14. The Jim Rose Circus Side Show: Representing the Postmodern Body in Pain

CARRIE SANDAHL

 

Child Performers

15. Sensational Imbalance: The Child Acrobat and the Mid-Victorians

BRENDA ASSAEL

 

Spectators

16. Ecstasy and Visceral Flesh in Motion

PETA TAIT

17. Marginal Body and bourgeois cosmology: the British Acrobat in reference to sport

YORAM S. CARMELI

 

Part II

Precedents

Origins

18. The Circus and Nature in Late Georgian England

MARIUS KWINT

19. The American Circus

DON B. WILMETH

20. P.T. Barnum: the Legend and the Man

H. SAXON

21. A Brief Overview of the Mexican-American Circus in the Southwest

NICOLÁS KANELLOS

22. The Circus and Modernity: A Commitment to ‘the Newer and ‘the Newest’

GILLIAN ARRIGHI

 

Politics

23. Bending the Body for China: the Uses of Acrobatics in Sino-US diplomacy During the Cold War

TRACY ZHANG

24. When Pigs Could Fly and Bears Could Dance

MIRIAM NEIRICK

25. A Contemporary History of Circus Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina: the post–dictatorial resurgence and revaluation of circus as a popular art

JULIETA INFANTINO

 

Human Exceptionalism

26. To Reach The Clouds: My High-Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

PHILLIPPE PETIT

27. Extract from Thus Spoke Zarathustra

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, translated by R. J. HOLLINGDALE

 

Animal Performers

28. Why Circuses Are Unsuited to Elephants

LORI ALWARD

29. View from the Big Top: Why Elephants Belong in North America Circuses

DENNIS SCHMITT

 

Part III

Presents

30. Female Circus Performers and Art: the Shift to Creative Authorship and its Implications

MAGALI SIZORN

31. The Resilient Body in Social Circus: Father Jesus Silva, Boris Cyrulnik and Peter A. Levine

KATIE LAVERS

32. Risk, Danger and Other Paradoxes in Circus and Circus Oz Parody

PETA TAIT

33. The Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas: An American Strip-tease

LOUIS PATRICK LEROUX

34. Contemporary Circus: Introduction to the Art Form

TOMI PUROVAARA

35. Contemporary Circus Research in Quebec: Building and Negotiating an Emerging Interdisciplinary Field

LOUIS PATRICK LEROUX

About the Editors

Peta Tait is chair of Theatre and Drama at LaTrobe University, Australia. Her previous publications include Circus Bodies: Cultural identity in aerial performance (2005) and Wild and Dangerous Performances: Animals, emotions, circus (2012)

Katie Lavers is a director and producer of inter-media circus, as co-founder and director of Skadada circus company.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER002000
PERFORMING ARTS / Circus