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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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|List of Contributors|
|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|
Posted March 14, 2000
This book is a much needed volume on feminism and theatre. Martin's contributions are especially valuable and insightful. This book has provided a very welcome first reference point for theatre and performance scholars interested in feminism. Well done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.