The Performance of Power

The Performance of Power : Theatrical Discourse and Politics

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Recently in the field of theatre studies there has been an increasing amount of debate and dissonance regarding the borders of its territory, its methodologies, subject matter, and scholarly perspectives. The nature of this debate could be termed political and, in fact, concerns the performance of powerOCothe struggle over power relations embedded in texts, methodologies, and the academy itself.This striking new collection of nineteen divergent essays represents this performance of power and the way in which the recent convergence of new critical theories with historical studies has politicized the study of the theatre. Neither play text, performance, nor scholarship and teaching can safely reside any longer in the free, politically neutral, self-signifying realm of the aesthetic. Politicizing theatrical discourse means that both the hermeneutics and the histories of theatre reveal the role of ideology and power dynamics.New strategies and conceptsOCoand a vital new phase of awarenessOCoappear in these illuminating essays. A variety of historical periods, from the Renaissance through the Victorian and up to the most contemporary work of the Wooster group, illustrate the ways in which contemporary strategies do not require contemporary texts and performances but can combine with historical methods and subjects to produce new theatrical discourse."show more

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  • Electronic book text | 296 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 1587290340
  • 9781587290343

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"Indispensible..."The Performance of Power" is like a hand grenade tossed into the rather sedate world of Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism. It is an important book which should be read by all involved in the field of study so that they may be constantly reminded of what gender, race, and prejudice may be blinding them to. It challenges, it questions, but most importantly it offers suggestions for changes and revisions of practice...A most invaluable "vade mecum" for the young research student."--"Theatre Journal"show more

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