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Performance and Professional Wrestling is the first edited volume to consider professional wrestling explicitly from the vantage point of theatre and performance studies. Moving beyond simply noting its performative qualities or reading it via other performance genres, this collection of essays offers a complete critical reassessment of the popular sport.


Topics such as the suspension of disbelief, simulation, silence and speech, physical culture, and the performance of pain within the squared circle are explored in relation to professional wrestling, with work by both scholars and practitioners grouped into seven short sections:




Audience
Circulation
Lucha
Gender
Queerness
Bodies
Race


A significant re-reading of wrestling as a performing art, Performance and Professional Wrestling makes essential reading for scholars and students intrigued by this uniquely theatrical sport.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 226 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 19.05mm | 454g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 35 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138937223
  • 9781138937222

Table of contents

Introduction: Hamlet Doesn't Blade: Professional Wrestling, Theatre, and Performance


Broderick Chow, Eero Laine, Claire Warden





Audience


Ch1 The dissipation of "heat": changing role(s) of audience in professional wrestling in the U.S.


Jon Ezell





Ch2 Pops and promos: speech and silence in professional wrestling


Claire Warden





Ch3 Playful engagements: Wrestling with the attendant masses


Stephen Di Benedetto





Circulation


Ch4 Stadium Sized Theatre: WWE and the World of Professional Wrestling


Eero Laine





Ch5 Wrestling's Not Real, It's Hyperreal: Professional Wrestling Video Games


Nick Ware





Lucha


Ch6 Don't Leave Us in the Hands of Criminals: The Contested Cultural Politics of Lucha Libre


Heather Levi





Ch7 Wrestling With Burlesque, Burlesquing Lucha Libre


Nina Hoechtl





Gender


Ch8 The Impact of Women's Pro Wrestling Performances on the Transformation of Gender


Keiko AIBA (Translated by Minata HARA)





Ch9 "Most women train with mostly men, so why not wrestle them?" The performance and experience of intergender professional wrestling in Britain


Carrie Dunn





Queerness


Ch10 Grappling and Ga(y)zing: Gender, Sexuality and Performance in the WWE debuts of Goldust and Marlena


Janine Bradbury





Ch11 `King of the ring, and queen of it too': the exotic masculinity of Adrian Street


Stephen Greer





Ch12 "Gold-dust": Ricki Starr's Ironic Performances of the Queer Commodity in Popular Entertainment


Laura Katz Rizzo





Bodies


Ch13 Muscle Memory: Re-enacting the fin-de-siecle Strongman in Pro Wrestling


Broderick D.V. Chow





Ch14 The Hard Sell; The Performance of Pain in Professional Wrestling


Jamie Lewis Hadley





Race


Ch15 "Tell Them It's What Their Grandfathers Got": Racial Violence in Southern Professional Wrestling


Charles Hughes





Ch16 Grappling with the "New Racism:" Race, Ethnicity, and Post-Colonialism in British Wrestling during the 1970s and 1980s


Nicholas Porter





Ch17 Some Moments of Flag Desecration in Professional Wrestling


Morgan Daniels





Epilogue: The Game of Life


Sharon Mazer





Bibliography


Index
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About Broderick Chow

Broderick Chow is a Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London, and an active performance practitioner.


Eero Laine is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.


Claire Warden is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at De Montfort University.
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