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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.

Memory, Remembering, and Histories of Change: A Performance Praxis
Memory, remembering, and histories of change: A performance praxis

The feminist philosopher, Julia Kristeva, recently declared that, “faced with the invasion of the spectacle, we can still contemplate the rebellious potentialities that the imaginary might resuscitate in our innermost depths. It is not a time of great works, or perhaps, for us, contemporaries, they remain invisible. Nevertheless,” she argues, “by keeping our intimacy in revolt we can preserve the possibility of their appearance” (1997/2002, p. 13). Referring primarily to the intimacies of psychoanalysis, Kristeva articulates a praxis of mundane transference and disclosure that goes well beyond claims for compassion and unproblematized “empathy.”1 What she calls the “invasion of the spectacle” describes in many ways the introversion of ...

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