'Focusing on the living arts—dance, theatre, music, performance art, ritual, and popular entertainment—performance studies expands our understanding of "performance" as both a vital artistic practice and a means by which to understand social and cultural processes. Bridging the gap between cultural studies, performing arts, and anthropology, performance studies explores myriad ways in which performance creates meaning and shapes our everyday lives.

The broadest and most inclusive volume to date, The Ends of Performance both celebrates and critiques the institutionalisation of the field. Only recently has the field given keen attention to the interpretive force and consequences of performance events, and it is these consequences that the The Ends of Performance articulates. Here performance studies illuminates the complex social and cultural formations of our time—the impact of virtual technology, the racialised discourses of legal and cultural citizenship, the impact of new medical discourses, and the medicalisation of the body.' - from publisher's website

Includes biographies of contributors.
Access level


Location code


Publication/Creation date


No of pages




No of copies


Content type


Chapter headings

Introduction: The Ends of Performance - Peggy PHELAN

Writing History/Performing Memory

History, Memory, Necrophilia - Joseph ROACH

Seeing Death: The Photography of David Wojnarowicz - Robert SEMBER

On Colonial Forgetting: The Conquest of New Mexico and Its Historia - Jill LANE

Performative Writing

Performing Writing - Della POLLOCK

Teaching 'Experimental Critical Writing' - Eve KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK

This Black Body in Question - Amanda Denise KEMP

A Fool's Discourse: The Buffoonery Syndrome - Mady SCHUTZMAN

Spare Parts - Teresa M. SENFT

Moving the Body Politics

AmeRícan Accents Syncopate the State - Doris SOMMER

Border Watching - Diana TAYLOR

Staging Crisis: Twin Tales in Moving Politics - Randy MARTIN

Bodies outside the State: Black British Women Playwrights and the Limits of Citizenship - May JOSEPH

Performance in the Field

Genre Trouble: (The) Butler Did It - Jon McKENZIE

The Mirrored Stage: Reflections on the Prsence of Sylvia [Bataille] Lacan - Jamer HUNT

Virtual Criticism and the Dance of Death - Marcia B. SIEGEL

The Bed Took up Most of the Room - Jane BLOCKER

Making New Bodies

Orlan's Performative Transformations of Subjectivity - Tanya AUGSBURG

Intervention - Orlan

Of Mice, Bugs and Women - Deb MARGOLIN

Antoher End

What Is Performance Studies Anyway? - Richard SCHECHNER

The Ends of Performance
Rights statement

In Copyright

What does this mean?

This item is covered by one or more copyrights. It is available for research only or use within Hong Kong’s fair dealing rules. Please do not copy, re-use or reproduce this item without the permission of the copyright holder.

The Ends of Performance

Relevant content

Shortlist | Performance Art Theory
Shortlist | Performance Art Theory

Shortlist | Performance Art Theory

Recommended readings on the development of contemporary performance art and its theoretical underpinnings