'Critical Theory and Performance presents a broad range of critical and theoretical methods and applies them to contemporary and historical performance genres—from stage plays, dance-dramas, performance art, cabaret, stand-up comedy, and jazz to circus, street theatre, and shamanistic ritual. As the first comprehensive introduction to critical theory's rich and diverse contributions to the study of drama, theatre, and performance, the book has been highly influential for more than a decade in providing fertile ground for academic investigations in the lively field of performance studies.

This updated and expanded edition presents nineteen new essays by the field's leading scholars and practitioners as well as new critical introductions by editors Janelle G. Reinelt and Joseph R. Roach. Reflecting recent trends in performance studies, this revised edition now includes discussions of critical race theory, postcolonial studies, gender and sexualities, and mediatised cultures.' - from publisher's website

Includes biographies of contributors.
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Performance Analysis

Semiotics and its Heritage - Marvin CARLSON

The Phenomenological Attitude - Bert O. STATES

Alceste in Hollywood: A Semiotic Reading of The Misanthrope - Jim CARMODY

Every Transaction Conjures a New Boundary - Josette FERAL

Postcolonial Studies

Performing History's Unsettlement - Joanne TOMPKINS

What is to be Remembered? Tourism to Ghana's Slave Castle-Dungeons - Sandra L. RICHARDS

For Whom is the King a King? Issues of Intercultural Production, Perception, and Reception in a Kathakali King Lear - Phillip B. ZARRILLI

Critical Race Theory

Black/face Publics: The Social Bodies of Fraternidad - Jill LANE

Virtual Chinatown and New Racial Formation: Performance of Cantonese Opera in the Bay Area - Daphne LEI

Reality ✓ - Harry J. ELAM JR.

Theatre History and Historiography

Theatre Events and their Political Contexts: A Problem in the Writing of Theatre History - Thomas POSTLEWAIT

Representing History: Performing the Columbian Exposition - Rosemarie K. BANK

Kinesthetic Empathies and the Politics of Compassion - Susan Leigh FOSTER

After Marx

Shadows of Brecht - David SAVRAN

Historicising the Relations of Theatrical Production - Bruce MCCONACHIE

Brecht and the Contradictory Actor - John ROUSE

Gender and Sexualities

Mrs. Siddons Looks Back in Anger: Feminist Historiography for Eighteenth-Century British Theatre - Ellen DONKIN

Practicing Cultural Disruptions: Gay and Lesbian Representation and Sexuality - Jill DOLAN

Fe/male Impersonation: The Discourse of Camp - Kate DAVY

Not-About-AIDS - David ROMAN


The Violence of 'We': Politicising Identification - Elin DIAMOND

Staging Sexual Injury: How I Learned to Drive - Ann PELLEGRINI

Immobile Legs, Stalled Words: Psychoanalysis and Moving Deaths - Peggy PHELAN

Performance Studies

Invasions Friendly and Unfriendly: The Dramaturgy of Direct Theatre - Richard SCHECHNER

Performance Theory, Hmong Shamans, and Cultural Politics - Dwight CONQUERGOOD

Animal Rites: Performing beyond the Human - Una CHAUDHURI

Mediatised Cultures

Live from Cyberspace, or, I was Sitting at my Computer this Guy Appeared He Thought I was a Bot - Philip AUSLANDER

Virtually Yours: Presence, Liveness, Lessness - Herbert BLAU

Dracula's Daughter: In-Corporating Avatars in Cyberspace - Sue-Ellen CASE

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