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Opening Acts: Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Criticism offers new, rigorous ways to analyze communication and culture through performance. Editor Judith Hamera, along with a distinguished list of contributors, provides students with cutting-edge readings of everyday life, space, history, and intersections of all three, using a critical performance-based approach. This text makes three significant contributions to the field - it familiarizes readers with the core elements and commitments of performance-based analysis, links performance-based analysis to theoretical and analytical perspectives in communication and cultural studies, and provides engaging examples of how to use performance as a critical tool to open up communication and culture.offers new, rigorous ways to analyze communication and culture through performance. Editor Judith Hamera, along with a distinguished list of contributors, provides students with cutting-edge readings of everyday life, space, history, and intersections of all three, using a critical performance-based approach. This text makes three significant contributions to the field - it familiarizes readers with the core elements and commitments of performance-based analysis, links performance-based analysis to theoretical and analytical perspectives in communication and cultural studies, and provides engaging examples of how to use performance as a critical tool to open up communication and culture.

Performing Theory/Embodied Writing
Performing theory/embodied writing
D. SoyiniMadison
Prologue: Embodied Writing

(The performer sits under a spotlight surrounded by books on performance. She touches, smells, and tastes some of the books. She holds one of the books up to her ear. She notices you are there. She looks up to speak.)

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Performance has become too popular. It seems that everyone I know and don't know is thinking, speaking, and writing in the language of performance, or trying to. Performance is everywhere these days. Perhaps I should celebrate: Intellectuals far and wide are considering the sexy and stately implications of performance. While I have found the insights of thinkers beyond the spheres of theater and performance studies to be helpful and inspiring— their work frequently guiding my own—recently, I have ...

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