Over the past twenty years, 'performance' has emerged as a central analytical and critical concept. Now the focus of a burgeoning academic discipline, performance studies, it is also crucial to many other fields, including anthropology, sociology, communications, art history, cultural studies, linguistics and rhetoric. This collection brings together major texts articulating perspectives on performance and performativity.
The multi-disciplinary approach of this collection reflects the growing importance of the concept of performance across a variety of disciplines. With a new introduction contextualising the concept's rise, and a full index to guide the reader through the work, this will be an invaluable reference tool for students and researchers alike.
Part I. Foundations and Definitions
Part II: Elements and Circumstances of Performance
Part I: Representation
Part II: Textuality
Part III: Bodies
Part IV: Audiences/Spectatorship
Part V: Culture
Part I: Science and Social Science
Part II: History, Politics, Political Economy
Part I: Identity and the Self
Part 2: Visual Art and Performance Art
Part 3: Media and Technology