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Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

Edited by Philip Auslander

Introduction by Philip Auslander

© 2003 – Routledge

1,704 pages

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Hardback: 9780415255110
pub: 2003-03-13

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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.

Table of Contents

Volume I

Part I. Foundations and Definitions

Part II: Elements and Circumstances of Performance

Volume II

Part I: Representation

Part II: Textuality

Part III: Bodies

Part IV: Audiences/Spectatorship

Part V: Culture

Volume III

Part I: Science and Social Science

Part II: History, Politics, Political Economy

Volume IV

Part I: Identity and the Self

Part 2: Visual Art and Performance Art

Part 3: Media and Technology

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

This series provides concise, authoritative guides to key concepts in literary and cultural studies. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, the volumes consist of essential secondary literature. They give historical purchase on the development of the concept concerned and also provide students with a snapshot of current thinking.

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