Casting Gender: Women and Performance in Intercultural Context

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Casting Gender puts forward a vision of theatre, storytelling, and the performance of the everyday function within the lived spaces of its performers and audiences, asking how women artists/scholars embody meaning, carry social value, and constitute possible identities. Drawing on scholarship in intercultural communication, performance studies, women's studies, and cultural studies, this collection of new, critically informed research advances our understanding of how theater works as intercultural communication and as a vehicle for change. Casting Gender offers varied locations and sites of research, highlighting the rich diversity of women's cultural identities, roles, and societal positions. This book moves beyond the western-centered nature of intercultural performance and intercultural communication theory and practice by creating a forum for nonwestern voices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820474199
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Critical Intercultural Communication Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : casting gender 1
2 Theoretical foundations and intercultural performance : (re)writing nations on the margins 19
3 Native women playwrights : cultural historians, revolutionary healers 35
4 Fragments of memory : shadowboxing the hyphen in border territory 45
5 Maximum intensity : intercultural performances of doing time 57
6 Australia's performing older women's circus 67
7 A cultural performance of "good" and "bad" : a black "hair-story" 85
8 Breaking frames and burning witches : from local German women to intercultural theatre 97
9 When white girls act black : reconsidering performances of otherness 109
10 Taking ownership of 'Her indoors' : performativity as a theatrical dis-location of the British 'housewife' 129
11 Directing performances of border crossing : an allegory of turnst(y)les 145
12 Feminism and performances in the territory of ex-Yugoslavia 165
13 Casting into the future 183
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