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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.

Minstrelsy and Mental Metempsychosis: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Women's Performance Criticism
Minstrelsy and mental metempsychosis: Mid-nineteenth century American women's performance criticism

Oh! would they but endeavour to realize the bitterness of such a lot [as slavery], surely, surely, they would rush to the rescue of the thousands who are agonizing beneath its endurance.

—Elizabeth Margaret Chandler (1836)
Defining Performance History

“Performance history” may sound like an oxymoron, a rhetorical linkage of two mismatched or even contradictory terms. What could history—whether it is conceived of as a negotiation with memory (Jacques Le Goff and Pierre Nora), as thick description (Clifford Geertz), as a genealogy of cultural practices (Michel Foucault), or, more recently, as a vexed and partial narrative—have to do with the ephemeral stuff of living performance? And yet, performance scholars ...

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