"Culture" in the twentieth century, says ethnographer James Clifford, "is no longer an object to be described, neither is it a unified corpus of symbols and meanings that can be definitively interpreted. Culture is contested, temporal, emergent." The essays in this volume explore performance--encompassing theater, performance art, dance, and music--as a vital component of this hybrid, contested culture.
The contributors to this landmark volume foucs on topics varying from Oscar Wilde to Eric Clapton; the Rose Theatre to the U.S. holocaust museums. They provide new interpretations of performance and its relation to issues of history, memory, mourning, racism, homophobia, and performativity. Performance artist Robbie McCauley concludes with a practitioner's perspective on art-making and politics which offers fresh insights into questions raised by other essays.
Performance and Cultural Politics is interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, and rich in new ideas. It is essential reading for students and scholars of performance.
Contributors: Emily Apter, Herbert Blau, Ed Cohen, Lynda Hart, Peggy Phelan, Vivian Patraka, Philip Auslander, Susan Foster, Rebecca Schneider, Glenda Dicker/sun, Joseph Roach, Amy Robinson, Robbie McCauley.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)|
Table of ContentsPart I: Re-sexing Culture: Stereotype, pose, and dildo; 2. Acting Out Orientalism - Emily Apter; 3. Posing the Question - Ed Cohen; 4. Doing it Anyway - Lynda Hart; Part II: Grave Performances: The cultural politics of memory; 5. Playing Dead in Stone, or, When is a Rose not a Rose? - Peggy Phalen; 6. Spectacles of Suffering; 7. Festivities and Jubliations on the Graves of the Dead - Glenda Dickersun; Part III: Moving/Seeing: Bodies and technologies; 8. Pygmalion's No-Body and the Body of Dance - Susan Leigh Foster; 9. After Us the Savage Goddess - Rebecca Schneider; 10. Flat Out Vision - Herbert Blau; 11. Liveness: Performance and the Anxiety of Simulation - Philip Auslander; Part IV: Identity Politics: Law and performance; 12. Kinship, Intelligence, and Memory as Improvisation - Joseph Roach; 13. Forms of Appearance of Value; Part V: Performer/Performance; 14. Thoughts on my Career, The Other Weapon, and other Projects - Robbie McCauley