Performing Culture presents a detailed and probing account of cultural studies' changing fixations with theory, method, policy, text, production, audience and the micro-politics of the everyday. John Tulloch encourages academics and students to take seriously the need to break down the separation between high and low cultural studies. Tulloch's case studies show that the performance of cultural meanings occurs in forms as diverse as The Royal Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare and Chekhov productions and our everyday work and leisure encounters. Drawing upon anthropological and dramatic studies of performance, the book emphasizes that academic research also performs cultural meaning. A central feature of the book is i

(High-) Cultural Framing

(High-) cultural framing

He is like a man who contemplates a perfect work of art; but the work of creation has been his, and has consisted in the gradual adjustment of his vision until he could see the frustration of human destinies and the arbitrary infliction of pain as processes no less inevitable, natural and beautiful than the flowering of a plant. (John Middleton Murry, ‘Thoughts on Chekhov’, 1920)

Just as, in order to satisfy his aesthetic tastes, man revolts against the Laws of Nature which creates races of sterile and fragile flowers, so he does not hesitate to defend the weak against the laws of natural selection. (Il'ya Metchnikov, 1921)

I began Chapter 2 with the comment of a building worker who wanted to ...

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