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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 of and Beyond Literature
Introduction: Performance of and beyond literature

Interpretation is an excellent way of studying literature because it demands that the student perceive…. The silent reader, skimming and skipping and scavenging often only for particular ideas or images, frequently does not really assimilate whole pieces of literature…. But the interpreter cannot so read. He must bring the whole poem close to himself…. The act of oral reading before an audience (though that audience may be a single listener—or, indeed, only the reader himself) is … a kind of final act of criticism….

—Wallace Bacon, The Art of Interpretation (1966, 6, 8–9)

When I choose texts, they're random in a way. I feel I could use any text. That was something that started very early ...

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