A Good Night Out for the Girls: Popular Feminisms in Contemporary Theatre and Performance

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Innovative and engaging, A Good Night Out for the Girls looks beyond the confines of the political theatre paradigm that has been the mainstay of feminist theatre interests and theorising. In a departure from the many feminist theorists and philosophers in the last two to three decades who have sought to define and describe the sort of ideal, utopian feminism 'we need', this book looks to the field of theatre and performance to investigate the sort of flawed, sometimes confused and contradictory, but nonetheless ...

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Overview

Innovative and engaging, A Good Night Out for the Girls looks beyond the confines of the political theatre paradigm that has been the mainstay of feminist theatre interests and theorising. In a departure from the many feminist theorists and philosophers in the last two to three decades who have sought to define and describe the sort of ideal, utopian feminism 'we need', this book looks to the field of theatre and performance to investigate the sort of flawed, sometimes confused and contradictory, but nonetheless lived feminisms that a significant number of women have actually got. Moving across the boundaries of mainstream and experimental circuits, from the affective pleasures of commercially successful shows such as Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia! to the feminist possibilities of new burlesque and stand-up, the book offers a lucid and accessible account of popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance.

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'A fascinating, boundary-crossing book that combines the personal with the scholarly in exciting new ways. For this reader, the book provided a really good girls' night in.' - Susan Bassnett, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Warwick, UK

'Elaine Aston's and Geraldine Harris's A Good Night Out For the Girls offers timely and theoretically savvy explications of the feminist potential within a surprisingly eclectic array of traditionally mainstream performance genres...Their introduction is an account of the field of feminist performance scholarship, and a pointed assessment of the challenges inherent to this historic moment when concrete definitions of feminism are elusive; it is indispensable to any study of feminist theatre.' - Christine Woodworth, Broadside: A Newsletter of the Theatre Library Association

'From two of the most accomplished and inspiring critics in the field of theatre and performance studies comes this book about popular entertainment and performance for women... Arising from this book is a renewed sense of the feminist possibilities of performance to connect with the lived experience of an audience, and to repair the fragmentation of women's experience in the creation of enjoyment. The community of audience in the process of connection and response to the show on stage becomes an image of possible solidarity between women in the world outside the theatre. How this energy and joy operated in the wider social and political world is not within the authors' realm of analysis, but the theatre or performance space as a space of "impossible possibilities" is affirmed. The book itself reflects a sense of potential; it is stimulating, scholarly and highly enjoyable to read.' - Catherine Leeney, Jourbanal of Contemporary Drama in English

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230281035
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/7/2012
  • Series: Performance Interventions Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ELAINE ASTON is Professor of Contemporary Performance at Lancaster University, UK.
GERALDINE HARRIS is Professor of Theatre Studies at Lancaster University, UK.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: 'A Good Night Out For the Girls'
Jam and Jerusalem/ Sentimentality and Feminism: Calendar Girls
Roaring Women and Class Acts: The Naked Truth and the Chippendales' Ultimate Girls Night Out
Age Liberation: Susan Boyle, 'Grumpy Old Women' and Virginia Ironside's Monologues
Once More with Feeling: Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female of the Species and Nic Green's Trilogy
Work, Family, Romance and the Utopian Sensibilities of the Chick Megamusical Mamma Mia!
The Ghosts of New Burlesque
Entertaining Others: Shappi Khorsandi and Andi Osho
'Are We There Yet?' – Final Reflections & Marisa Carnesky's Ghost Train
Bibliography
Index

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