A Sourcebook on Feminist Theatre and Performance: On and Beyond the Stage

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This work is a unique collection of key articles on feminist theatre and performance form The Drama Review (TDR). Carol Martin juxtaposes theory and practice to provide an exceptionally comprehensive overview of the development of feminist theatre.
This outstanding collection includes key texts by theorists such as Elin Diamond, Peggy Phelan and Lynda Hart and interviews with practitioners including Anna Deveare Smith and Robbie McCauley. It also contains full performances texts by two of the most influential and controversial practiitioners of feminist theatre: Dress Suits to Hire by Holly Hughes and The Constant State of Desire by Karen Finley.
A Sourcebook on Feminist Theatre and Performance is an essential purchase for students of theatre studies, performance studies and women's theatre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415106443
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/1996
  • Series: Worlds of Performance Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Editor's Introduction
Introductory Essay: Fathom Languages: Feminist Performance Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice 1
1 Art Versus Business: The Role of Women in American Theatre 23
2 Women for Women 31
3 The WOW Cafe 42
4 Notes on Lesbian Theatre 52
5 Women at the Helm: In Leadership Posts Once Reserved for Men, They're Challenging Our Assumptions About Sex and Power 61
6 Bearing Witness: Anna Deavere Smith from Community to Theatre to Mass Media 81
7 In Defense of the Discourse: Materialist Feminism, Postmodernism, Poststructuralism ... and Theory 94
8 Motherhood According to Karen Finley: The Theory of Total Blame 108
9 Brechtian Theory/Feminist Theory: Toward a Gestic Feminist Criticism 120
10 Reading Past the Heterosexual Imperative: Dress Suits to Hire 136
11 Feminist Theory, Poststructuralism, and Performance 157
12 Anna Deavere Smith: The Word Becomes You: An Interview by Carol Martin 185
13 Robbin McCauley: Obsessing in Public: An Interview by Vivian Patraka 205
14 Holly Hughes: Polymorphous Perversity and the Lesbian Scientist: An Interview by Rebecca Schneider 239
15 Karen Finley: A Constant State of Becoming: An Interview by Richard Schechner 254
16 Dress Suits to Hire 267
17 The Constant State of Desire 293
Index 304
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