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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.

The Polemics and Potential of Theatre Studies and Performance1
The polemics and potential of theatre studies and performance1

This essay offers a brief history of the relationship between theatre studies and performance studies, and describes the trajectory of the theory/practice debate within both fields. My aim is pedagogical, in that I want to help students and practitioners of the field recall its theoretical past, and pragmatic, in that I'm concerned with how we use theatre and performance studies to teach students and ourselves productive ways to be what I like to call “citizen/scholar/artists” (Becker, 2000). Since my commitment is to the politics of performance and its scholarship, I'm most concerned with how we can think about teaching, creating, and theorizing performance as a public intellectual practice ...

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