Performance A Critical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415299276
ISBN-13: 9780415299275
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
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Description: This book provides an overview of the modern concept of performace and how it has developed in various fields. Topics discussed include the evolution of performance art since the 1960s and performance in society.

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Book details

List price: $51.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

This book provides an overview of the modern concept of performace and how it has developed in various fields. Topics discussed include the evolution of performance art since the 1960s and performance in society.

Marvin Carlson is Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theater and Comparative Literature, City University of New York.

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: what is performance?
The aims of this book
The display of skills
Patterned behavior
Keeping up the standard
Theatre and performance art
The plan of this book
Performance and the social sciences
The performance of culture: anthropological and ethnographic approaches
Performance and anthropology
Theories of cultural performance
Liminality and play
Performing anthropology
Performance in society: sociological and psychological approaches
Social performance
Framing
Performance and agency
Perspectives on social performance
Moreno and psychodrama
Eric Berne and Talcott Parsons
Social constructionism
Erving Goffman and keying
Richard Schechner and restored behavior
Binocular vision and the actual
Performance and psychoanalysis
The performance of language: linguistic approaches
Semiotics
The poststructuralist challenge
The linguistic tradition
Speech act theory
The literary speech act
Speech act theory and semiotics
Text and performance
Performativity and citation
Performance and the social sciences: a look backward
The art of performance
Performance in its historical context
Performance's new orientation
Folk and popular performance
Experimental performance
Modern mime and dance
Non-dramatic events
Performance art
The beginnings of performance art
Spectacle performance
Solo work
The turn to language
Live art, liveliness, and the media
Looking ahead
Performance and contemporary theory
Performance and the postmodern
Theorists of the modern and postmodern
Postmodern dance
Strategies of postmodernism
Postmodernism, poststructuralism, and theatricality
Performance as experience
After postmodernism
Performance and identity
Early feminist performance
Autobiographical performance
Male performance
Controversies of the 1990s
Performance and ethnicity
Cultural performance
Guerrilla and street performance
Social concerns in early feminist performance
The search for subjectivity
Resistant performance
Recent political performance
Post-colonial perspectives
Intercultural performance in a global context
Conclusion: what is performance?
Drawing to a close
Some overviews
The spread of performance study
Coda: an apologia for theatre
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Name index
Subject index

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