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Performance Texts
Performance texts

In anthropology there has been a noticeable shift in theoretical emphasis in recent years from structure to process, from competence to performance.

—V. Turner (1986b, p. 21)

This rethinking of ethnography is primarily about speaking and listening, instead of observing. … [This] shifts the emphasis from space to time, from sight and vision to sound and voice, from text to performance, from authority to vulnerability.

—Conquergood (1991, p. 183)

An oracle and a bringer of joy, the storyteller is the living memory of her time, her people. She composes on life.

—Trinh (1989, p. 125)

We must reinvent our cultural topographies and engage in collaborative intercultural art, media and research projects. And in view of a ‘postmodern theatre,’ we need to accommodate the sudden impact of women's performances, ...

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