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The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies brings together, in a single volume, reviews of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation. It is the only comprehensive collection on the theories, methods, politics, and practices of performance relating to life and culture. Edited by D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera, this Handbook serves scholars and students across the disciplines by delineating the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work in this exciting and growing area.

Introduction: Performance and Pedagogy
Introduction: Performance and pedagogy

In Teaching Against the Grain: Texts for a Pedagogy of Possibility, Roger Simon (1992) offers a germinal construct that underscores the meaningful connection between pedagogy and performance. He writes that the nature of pedagogy asks a series of questions: “‘What should be taught and why?’ with considerations as to how that teaching should take place” (pp. 55–57). His orientation to the nature of pedagogy questions issues of content and purpose. Yet the accomplishment of pedagogy, the cornerstone of it's meaning, is made manifest in performance; in how teaching should take place. Highly steeped in the possibilities and politics of critical pedagogy, his approach to describing teaching signals an understanding of education as a cultural and embodied practice, a ...

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