'From the age of Aristotle to the age of AIDS, writers, thinkers, performers and activists have wrestled with what "performance" is all about. Suddenly, theatre studies has transformed itself from the study of plays to the study of performance. At the same moment, "performativity"—a new concept in language theory—has become a ubiquitous term in literary studies.
This volume of new work, by leading scholars in a wide range of fields, grapples with the nature of these two key terms, whose traces can be found everywhere: in the theatre, in the streets, in philosophy, in issues of race and gender, and in the sentences we speak.' - excerpts from back cover page
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