The Explicit Body in Performance


What happens when a body is presented as a stage, and dramas unfold across it--is it Performance Art or pornography? The Explicit Body examines the controversial and often shocking issues which surround the use of the female body in performance art.
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What happens when a body is presented as a stage, and dramas unfold across it--is it Performance Art or pornography? The Explicit Body examines the controversial and often shocking issues which surround the use of the female body in performance art.
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When the artist presents the human body in an explicit manner, who has the right to explicate that body and determine what it means? Schneider drama, Dartmouth College uses the phrase "explicit body" to address the ways in which recent feminist performance art and actions explicate bodies in social relation. After discussing historical precedents, she covers works ranging from Carolee Schneemann's of 1963 to the early 1990s works of Annie Sprinkle, Karen Finley, Ann Magnuson, Sandra Bernhard, and others. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415090254
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Introduction 1
1 Binary terror and the body made explicit 12
Re-vamping the ghosts of modernism 21
Beside herself: postmodern artists and modern whores 28
Eye/Body: Carolee Schneemann beside herself 32
2 Logic of the twister, eye of the storm 43
Impasse: unnatural acts 46
Twister: looking into looking out 52
3 Permission to see 66
Gender in perspective: have we really gone beyond? 67
Refusal to vanish 71
Castration anxiety in perspective 77
Ghostly horrors: looking at the past, seeing through the body 83
4 The secret's eye 88
No accident: commodity bodies 92
Embodying disembodiment 97
Radical sex activism, satiability, and the commodity 104
Two-way streetwalkers 107
Explosive literality 114
Literal shrouds and dreamscape re-interments 117
5 After us the savage goddess 126
Seeing back through 126
Primitive techniques 130
Dark continence: reading the thrall and the threat 134
Dark incontinence: Ubu Roi and savage primitivism 138
Dada's big drum: primitivism and the performative 141
Hard primitivism, base matter, and the blindspot 145
Literal primitives 149
6 Seeing the big show 153
First, a story about doubt that includes a reverberation 153
White nostalgia, authenticity, and the split subject 159
Spiderwoman: the early days 163
Vigilant repetitions, the comic turn, and counter-mimicry 168
The irruption of "real stuff" and the politic of sacrality 172
The irruption of grandmothers and the reality of dreams 173
Epilog: returning from the dead 176
Notes 185
Works cited 213
Index 225
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