From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism / Edition 1

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From Acting to Performance collects for the first time major essays by performance theorist and critic Philip Auslander.

Spanning over a decade, the essays survey the changes in acting and performance that occurred during the transition from the ecstatic theatre of the Vietnam era to the postmodern irony of the 1980s. Starting with the modern acting theories that inspired theatrical experimentalists of

the 1960s such as Jerzy Grotowski and Jacques Copeau and ranging to 1990s performance artists and stand-up comics such as Kate Bornstein and Roseanne Barr From Acting to Performance provides critical analyses of modernist acting theories. Auslander argues that traditional theatre

and contemporary performance studies are united by shared concerns and critical approaches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415157872
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/14/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I From acting to performance 11
2 "Holy theatre" and catharsis 13
3 "Just be your self": logocentrism and differance in performance theory 28
4 Task and vision: Willem Dafoe in LSD 39
Pt. II Postmodernism and performance 47
5 Presence and theatricality in the discourse of performance and the visual arts 49
6 Toward a concept of the political in postmodern theatre 58
7 Embodiment: the politics of postmodern dance 73
Pt. III Postmodern body politics 87
8 Vito Acconci and the politics of the body in postmodern performance 89
9 Boal, Blau, Brecht: the body 98
10 "Brought to you by Fem-Rage": stand-up comedy and the politics of gender 108
11 The surgical self: body alteration and identity 126
Notes 141
Bibliography 154
Name Index 163
Subject Index 167
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