Explicit Body in Performance

ISBN-10: 0415090261
ISBN-13: 9780415090261
Edition: 1997
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/24/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

This is an in-depth and accessible study of the controversial and often shocking issues which surround the use of the female body in performance art.

List of plates
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Binary terror and the body made explicit
Re-vamping the ghosts of modernism
Beside herself: postmodern artists and modern whores
Eye/Body: Carolee Schneemann beside herself
Logic of the twister, eye of the storm
Impasse: unnatural acts
Twister: looking into looking out
Permission to see
Gender in perspective: have we really gone beyond?
Refusal to vanish
Castration anxiety in perspective
Ghostly horrors: looking at the past, seeing through the body
The secret's eye
No accident: commodity bodies
Embodying disembodiment
Radical sex activism, satiability, and the commodity
Two-way streetwalkers
Explosive literality
Literal shrouds and dreamscape re-interments
After us the savage goddess
Seeing back through
Primitive techniques
Dark continence: reading the thrall and the threat
Dark incontinence: Ubu Roi and savage primitivism
Dada's big drum: primitivism and the performative
Hard primitivism, base matter, and the blindspot
Literal primitives
Seeing the big show
First, a story about doubt that includes a reverberation
White nostalgia, authenticity, and the split subject
Spiderwoman: the early days
Vigilant repetitions, the comic turn, and counter-mimicry
The irruption of "real stuff" and the politic of sacrality
The irruption of grandmothers and the reality of dreams
Epilog: returning from the dead
Notes
Works cited
Index

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