Not the Other Avant-garde: The Transnational Foundations of Avant-garde Performance

Not the Other Avant-garde: The Transnational Foundations of Avant-garde Performance

Paperback Theater: Theory/Text/Performance (Paperback)

Edited by James Martin Harding, Edited by John Rouse

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  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 26mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Ann Arbor, MI
  • ISBN 10: 0472069314
  • ISBN 13: 9780472069316
  • Illustrations note: 7 photos
  • Sales rank: 1,123,335

Product description

The essays in this collection offer a radical reappraisal of the avant-garde by placing it within a much broader global context. The book questions the very assumptions that underlie the generally accepted chronology and theory of the avant-garde, and offer a bold new performance-based theory that moves beyond Eurocentric presup-positions. In ten essays especially commissioned for this volume, leading scholars and critics including Marvin Carlson, Supito Chatterjee, John Conteh-Morgan, Harry J. Elam, Jr., Joachim Fiebach, David G. Goodman, Jean Graham-Jones, Hanna Higgins, and Adam Versenyi discuss avant-garde performances in Africa, the Middle East, Mexico, Argentina, India, and Japan.

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James Harding is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington. John Rouse is Associate Professor of Theater at the University of California-San Diego.

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"Joins the growing field of critical and transnational theories on the arts... its grounding in live performance and its foregrounding of the performative human body presents a new theoretical paradigm that is pathbreaking." - Haiping Yan, University of California, Los Angeles"