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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.

Black Performance Studies: Genealogies, Politics, Futures
Black performance studies: Genealogies, politics, futures

Performance maps a space in which to theorize the radicalization of what we might call “black performance studies.” Undoubtedly, each of these terms signifies differently and within the specifics of its historicity. Wedded together in dialogic and dialectic tension, however, these terms are at the interstices of black life, politics, and cultural production. “Black” and “performance”: These two tropes complement one another in a dialectic that becomes an ontology of racialized cultural production. “Blackness,” for instance, is a simulacrum until it is practiced—i.e., performed. The epistemological moment of race manifests itself in and through performance in that performance facilitates self- and cultural reflexivity—a knowing made manifest by a “doing.” Far from undergirding an essentialist ...

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