Kinship and Performance in the Black and Green Atlantic

Haptic Allegories

By Kathleen Gough

© 2014 – Routledge

212 pages

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Hardback: 9780415824002
pub: 2013-10-31
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About the Book

Kinship and Performance in the Black and Green Atlantic advances an innovative and compelling approach to writing comparative studies of performance in transnational, intercultural relation to one another. Its chosen subject in this case is the cultural and political intersection of African and Irish diasporic peoples and movements.

Gough approaches her subject via five key "flashpoints" in Black/Green relations, moving from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. In turn, each of these is related to mediums of performance that were prevalent at the time, such as abolitionist oratory and melodrama, photography and tableaux, architecture and folk drama, television and political demonstrations, and visual art and dramaturgy.

By examining the unlikely kinship between social actors such as Ida B. Wells and Maud Gonne, Lady Augusta Gregory and Zora Neale Hurston, and Bernadette Devlin and Alice Childress, along with a host of old and new theatrical "characters," this book explores how a transmedial investigation of gender, community, and performance allows for a revision of historiography in Atlantic studies, while the study itself revises and reimagines key concepts central to performance studies.

In 2014 Kinship and Performance was given the Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American Theatre from the American Society for Theatre Research.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Chapter One - Introduction: Kinship, Performance, and the Historical Real

Chapter Two - Orientation: Slavery meets the Famine

Chapter Three - The Image: Joan of Arc, Jim Crow, and the "Irish Question"

Chapter Four - Between the Words: Syncopated Rhythm and Tender Mapping

Chapter Five - Political Action: Kinship, Civil Rights, and Analog(ous) Troubles

Chapter Six - What Fresh Ghost Is This?





About the Author

Katie Gough is Assistant Professor of Theatre and resident dramaturge at the University of Vermont, USA. Katie is a performance theorist, historian and dramaturge. Her research involves the construction of interdisciplinary methodologies that can be thought together through various performance lenses. In 2011 she was awarded a UK Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)