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The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies


November 2005 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies brings together, in a single volume,  discussions of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation. It is the only comprehensive collection on the theories, methods, politics, and practices of performance relating to life and culture. Edited by D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera, this Handbook serves artists, scholars, and  students across the disciplines by delineating the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work in this exciting and growing area.  

Key Features:
  • Demonstrates the utility of performance studies for diverse academic audiences by organizing topics into six primary realms of performance inquiry—Theory, History, Literature, Pedagogy, Ethnography, and Politics
  • Includes engaging explications of performance theory and methods that help readers grasp their significance and to apply them to a wide range of sites and practices
  • Summarizes key theoretical and methodological challenges across the field and provides connections with other bodies of research to advance further work in the discipline
  • Provides balanced coverage of issues of enduring interest (such as the relationship between performance and politics; performance and ethnography) as well as those currently flourishing in the field (for example, relationships between performance and pedagogy) 

This Handbook opens a range of paradigms and queries that demonstrates the scope and influence of performance.  It will be a welcome addition to any academic library and is of interest to researchers, scholars, and students in the fields of Communication Studies, Performance Studies, Theatre Arts, and Cultural Studies.  


D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera
Introduction: Performance Studies at the Intersections
 
Performance and Theory
Della Pollock
Part I Introduction: Performance Trouble
Jose Esteban Munoz
1. Stages: Queers, Punks, and the Utopian Performative
Rebecca Schneider
2. Never, Again
Jon McKenzie
3. Performance and Globalization
Judith Hamera
4. Performance, Performativity, and Cultural Poesis in Practices of Everyday Life
 
Performance and History
Lisa Merrill
Part II Introduction: Performing History: A Politics of Location
Shannon Jackson
5. Genealogies of Performance Studies
Della Pollock
6. Memory, Remembering, and Histories of Change: A Performance Praxis
Gay Gibson Cima
7. Minstrelsy and Mental Metempsychosis: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Women's Performance Criticism
Tracy C. Davis
8. What to Do When Nuclear War Breaks Out
 
Performance and Literature
Paul Edwards
Part III Introduction: Performance of and Beyond Literature
Kristin M. Langellier and Eric E. Peterson
9. Shifting Contexts in Personal Narrative Performance
Lynn C. Miller and Jacqueline Taylor
10. The Constructed Self: Strategic and Aesthetic Choices in Autobiographical Performance
Bruce Henderson
11. The Strange Case of the Body in the Performance of Literature Classroom: An Enduring Mystery
Ruth Laurion Bowman and Michael S. Bowman
12. On the Bias: From Performance of Literature to Performance Composition
Paul Edwards
13. Staging Paradox: The Local Art of Adaptation
 
Performance and Pedagogy
Bryant Keith Alexander
Part IV Introduction: Performance and Pedagogy
Nathan Stucky
14. Fieldwork in the Performance Studies Classroom: Learning Objectives and the Activist Curriculum
Mady Schutzman
15. Ambulant Pedagogy
Greg Dimitriadis
16. Pedagogy on the Move: New Intersections in (Between) the Educative and the Performative
Kristen Bervig Valentine
17. Unlocking the Doors for Incarcerated Women Through Performance and Creative Writing
Norman K. Denzin
18. The Politics and Ethics of Performance Pedagogy: Toward a Pedagogy of Hope
 
Performance and Ethnography
Iya Omi Osun Olomo (Joni L. Jones)
Part V Introduction: Performance and Ethnography, Performing Ethnography, Performance Ethnography
D. Soyini Madison
19. Dwight Conquergood's "Rethinking Ethnography"
Dwight Conquergood
20. Rethinking Ethnography: Towards a Critical Cultural Politics
Derek Goldman
21. Ethnography and the Politics of Adaptation: Leon Forest's Divine Days
Barbara Browning
22. "She Attempted to Take Over the Choreography of the Sex Act": Dance Ethnography and the Movement Vocabulary of Sex and Labor
D. Soyini Madison
23. Staging Fieldwork/Performing Human Rights
 
Performance and Politics
Judith Hamera and Dwight Conquergood
Part VI Introduction: Performance and Politics: Themes and Arguments
Jan Cohen-Cruz
24. The Problem Democracy Is Supposed to Solve: The Politics of Community-Based Performance
E. Patrick Johnson
25. Black Performance Studies: Genealogies, Politics, Futures
Dwight Conquergood
26. Lethal Theatre: Performance, Punishment, and the Death Penalty
Sandra L. Richards
27. Who Is This Ancestor?: Performing Memory in Ghana's Slave Castle-Dungeons (A Multimedia Performance Meditation)
Jill Dolan
28. The Polemics and Potential of Theatre Studies and Performance

"College-level reference holdings will appreciate this single-volume set of surveys of the major research in performance studies: the only comprehensive gathering to analyze and pose the theories, methods, politics and practices of performance as it relates to life and culture. Here is a meeting point for history, theory, and literature which uses the foundations of performance theory and methods to help readers understand how it's applied across the board between disciplines."

Diane Donovan
BOOKWATCH

"College-level reference holdings will appreciate this single-volume set of surveys of the major research in performance studies: the only comprehensive gathering to analyze and pose the theories, methods, politics and practices of performance as it relates to life and culture. Here is a meeting point for history, theory, and literature which uses the foundations of performance theory and methods to help readers understand how it's applied across the board between disciplines."

James A. Cox
Editor-in-Cheif
The Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Sections on performance and history, performance and literature, performance and pedagogy, theory and performance, politics and performance, performance and ethnography explore the wide range of perspectives and work being done in performance studies
  • Chapters summarize key theoretical and methodological challenges across the field and provide connections with other bodies of research that will likely advance further work in the discipline
  • Chapters engage performance as a way to open—and thus interrogate and re-imagine—social, communicative practice, technologies of representation, and theoretical perspectives on identity, culture, and history
  • Balanced coverage of issues of enduring interest as well as those currently flourishing in the field

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