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The Performance Studies Reader
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Following on from the highly successful first anthology of critical and theoretical writings on performance studies, this is an updated and significantly expanded second edition which brings the anthology up to date with current debate. The new edition contains expanded introductory essays, eight entirely new pieces, and is cross-referenced with Richard Schechner's second edition of Performance Studies: An Introduction. The two volumes combine perfectly to offer a unique and complete teaching resource. This important collection is also widely used by students and scholars around the world as a stand-alone text, offering a stimulating introduction to the crucial debates of performance studies. Collecting together key critical pieces, the Reader provides an overview of the full range of performance theory for undergraduates at all levels, and beginning graduate students in performance studies, theatre, performing arts and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Henry Bial Part 1: What is Performance Studies? Richard Schechner, W.B. Worthen, Jon McKenzie, Shannon Jackson, Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, John Bell Part 2: What is Performance? Erving Goffman, Clifford Geertz, Marvin Carlson, Neal Gabler, Peggy Phelan Part 3: Ritual Victor Turner, Catherine Bell, Michael Atwood Mason, Alyda Fabe, Jack Santino Part 4: Play Johan Huizinga, Gregory Bateson, Brian Sutton-Smith, Allan Kaprow, B.J. Ancelet Part 5: Performativity J.L. Austin, Judith Butler, Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Johannes Fabian, Jacques Derrida Part 6: Performing Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski, Lee Strasberg, Frances Harding, Rhonda Blair Part 7: Performance Processes Vsevolod Meyerhold, Isidore Okpewho, Marco De Marinis, Eugenio Barba, Mary Zimmerman Part 8: Global and Intercultural Performance Victor Turner with Edie Turner, Homi K. Bhabha, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Jill Lane, Dwight Conquergood, Diana Taylor

Author Biography

Henry Bial is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen and co-editor, with Carol Martin, of Brecht Sourcebook.
Release date NZ
April 5th, 2007
Edited by Henry Bial Edited by Sara Brady
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2nd Revised edition
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