Archive and the Repertoire Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas

ISBN-10: 0822331233

ISBN-13: 9780822331230

Edition: 2003

Authors: Diana Taylor

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In The Archive and the Repertoire pre-eminent performance studies scholar Diana Taylor provides a new understanding of the vital role of performance in the Americas. From plays to official events to grassroots protests, performance, she argues, must be taken seriously as a means of storing and transmitting knowledge. She shows how the repertoire of embodied memory-conveyed in gestures, the spoken word, movement, dance, song, and other performances-offers alternative perspectives to those derived from the written archive and is particularly useful to a reconsideration of historical processes of transnational contact. The Archive and the Repertoire invites a re-mapping of the Americas based on traditions of embodied practice. Taylor considers contemporary performances from North and South America. Among these are public demonstrations in Argentina over DNA and photographic identification of "the disappeared;" plays of Peru's leading theatre collective, Yuyachkani; performance artists Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gmez-Pea's show Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit . . ., astrological readings by Univision personality Walter Mercado, the theatre of mourning surrounding Princess Diana's death, and Brazilian artist Denise Stoklos's Civil Disobedience. Through these studies and meditations on the media's representation of the Twin Towers disaster, New Yorkers' participation in the crisis through memorials and photography, and her own role as a witness to the events of 9/11, Taylor highlights the crucial role of performance in culture.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 9/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Who, When, What, Why
Acts of Transfer
Scenarios of Discovery: Reflections on Performance and Ethnography
Memory as Cultural Practice: Mestizaje, Hybridity, Transculturation
La Raza Cosmetica: Walter Mercado Performs Latino Psychic Space
False Identifications: Minority Populations Mourn Diana
"You Are Here": H.I.J.O.S. and the DNA of Performance
Staging Traumatic Memory: Yuyachkani
Denise Stoklos: The Politics of Decipherability
Lost in the Field of Vision: Witnessing September 11
Hemispheric Performances
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