Cutting Performances

Cutting Performances : Collage Events, Feminist Artists, and the American Avant-Garde

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This book sheds light on the critical role that women artists have played in the evolution of the American avant-garde. ""Cutting Performances"" boldly challenges four decades of scholarship to revise the history of American avant-garde performance. Focusing on the modernist period, the book explores the work of five celebrated women artists whose performance aesthetics make prominent use of collage techniques - Elsa von Freytag-Loring-hoven, Gertrude Stein, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, and Valerie Solanas - to reveal how their work gave a decisively feminist inflection to collage as a mode of avant-garde expression. Drawing upon broadly conceptualized notions of collage aesthetics and performance art, this impressively interdisciplinary work will appeal to anyone interested in the cultural history of the avant-garde and the role that feminist experimental artists have played in it.
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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • 0472117181
  • 9780472117185
  • 1,669,747

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"A complex work of cultural history that forcefully challenges and destabilizes the male-centered Eurocentric genealogy of the avant-garde." - Daniel Gerould, City University of New York "A thoughtful and engaging contribution that will have a sustained and lasting impact on the way feminist performance is defined and understood." - Charlotte Canning, University of Texas"
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About James M. Harding

James M. Harding is Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington. His other books include Not the Other Avant-Garde: The Transnational Foundations of Avant-Garde Performance (with John Rouse), Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theaters and Their Legacies (with Cindy Rosenthal), and Contours of the Theatrical Avant-Garde: Performance and Textuality.
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