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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: Performing History: A Politics of Location
Introduction: Performing history: A politics of location
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This section of The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies deals with the field of performance history. The past—shimmering with its ghosts—infiltrates the present moment and the future, as I write these words, anticipating the histories new theories and ways of seeing call into being. History, like performance, is both a subject of study and the object or fruits of that study. The doing of history, inquiring into the past, then, is an act which results in “histories” the narratives or stories or performances which are the objects and products of that study.1 And history, however it is performed, is an embodied interaction with traces found in the material evidence of ...

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