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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.

Genealogies of Performance Studies
Genealogies of performance studies

In the last decade, several scholars have innovated in the practice of performance historiography. Significant for this body of scholarship is the notion of a “genealogical” consciousness, one that calls for history writing that recognizes the multireferentiality of particular terms and that takes seriously patterns of discontinuity in apparently linear historical progressions.1 As performance scholars use the concept of genealogy to write histories of performance, I will argue for a similar consciousness in our histories of performance studies as a discipline itself. Any introduction to performance studies must include an understanding of the many, often contradictory, ways that our field has been incorporated into the academy. By scrutinizing the arena of academic knowledge production in which many of ...

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