Performance Analysis: An Introductory Coursebook / Edition 1

Performance Analysis: An Introductory Coursebook / Edition 1

by Colin Counsell
     
 

This revolutionary introductory performance studies coursebook brings together classic texts in critical theory and shows how these texts can be used in the analysis of performance.
The editors put their texts to work in examining such key topics as:

• decoding the sign

• the politics of performance

• the politics of gender and sexual

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Overview

This revolutionary introductory performance studies coursebook brings together classic texts in critical theory and shows how these texts can be used in the analysis of performance.
The editors put their texts to work in examining such key topics as:

• decoding the sign

• the politics of performance

• the politics of gender and sexual identity

• performing ethnicity

• the performing body

• the space of performance

• audience and spectatorship

• the borders of performance.
Each reading is clearly introduced, making often complex critical texts accessible at an introductory level and immediately applicavble to the field of performance. The ideas explored within these readings are further clarified through innovative, carefully tested exercises and activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415224079
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1Decoding the artefact1
1.1The sign: from Course in General Linguistics3
1.1The sign: from Collected Papers10
1.2Myth: from Mythologies12
1.3Structure: from 'The Structural Study of Myth'17
1.4The frame: from Frame Analysis24
Pt. 2The politics of performance31
2.1Ideology: from 'Ideology and the Ideological State Apparatuses'32
2.2Epic theatre: from 'The Street Scene'43
2.3The postmodern avant-garde: from The Postmodern Condition49
Pt. 3Performing gender and sexual identity57
3.1Constructing gender I: The property model: from This Sex Which Is Not One59
3.2Constructing gender II: The culture/nature model: from 'Sorties'66
3.3The drag act: from Gender Trouble72
3.4Gestic criticism: from 'Brechtian Theory/Feminist Theory'77
3.5Acting camp: from The Politics and Poetics of Camp86
Pt. 4Performing ethnicity95
4.1The Other: from 'The Economy of Manichean Allegory'97
4.2Blackface: from Love and Theft104
4.3The resisting viewer: from 'Teaching Resistance'111
4.4Orality: from 'De-scribing Orality'116
Pt. 5The performing body125
5.1Political bodies: from Discipline and Punish127
5.2Moving bodies: the mime: from 'The Discourse of (the) Mime'133
5.3Transgressive bodies: from 'The Body of Signification'140
5.4The body adorned: from Adorned in Dreams146
Pt. 6The space of performance155
6.1Enacting space: from 'Space and Context'156
6.2Locus and Platea: from Shakespeare and the Popular Tradition164
6.3Environmental space: from Places of Performance170
Pt. 7Spectator and audience177
7.1The interactive spectator: from 'Interaction between Text and Reader'179
7.2The gaze: from 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema'185
7.3Structure of feeling: from Marxism and Literature193
Pt. 8At the borders of performance201
8.1Liminal and liminoid: from 'Liminal to Liminoid, in Play, Flow, and Ritual'202
8.2The pageant: from Carnival and Theatre210
8.3Carnival: from Rabelais and His World216
8.4Deep play: from 'Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight'222
Pt. 9Analysing performance: The Patrice Pavis Questionnaire229
Bibliography233
Index245

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