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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.

Ambulant Pedagogy
Ambulant pedagogy

When performance studies reached disciplinary status, the notion of performativity as an analytic, as a way of reading cultural phenomena, began to permeate discourses in cultural studies, the humanities and social sciences. Students enthralled by performance theories and practices were not limited to investigations of traditionally defined staged events. Instead, the very components and tropes of performance—embodiment, play, rehearsing and scripting, improvisation, masquerade, illusion, liveness—to name just a few—became lenses through which to interrogate, document, and theorize cultural production. Innumerable arenas became subject to such performative scholarship—from courtrooms to street protests, from initiation rites to gender passing. Gender itself, along with identity, has subsequently been deconstructed and rewritten vis-à-vis performance research.

The classroom itself as site of institutionalized power dynamics has been one ...

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