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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 Trouble
Introduction: Performance trouble

Every essay in this volume is saturated with theory. Each of the studies of performance history is informed by a particular understanding of the nature of facts, narrative, and time. Each ethnographic moment evoked comes to us with the weight of 20, 30 years of thinking about what it means to “write culture” behind it. At the same time, no number of essays concerned with “performance and theory” (much less the select four included in this section) could ever be fully representative or exhaustive of developments in performance theory. So why a section exclusively on performance and theory? What difference does it make to make theory a particular site of engagement in the pages that follow?

First, these essays are particularly ...

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