Performance Studies

As an interdisciplinary field spanning disciplines such as performance, theater, anthropology, and gender studies, performance studies investigates performance in its various forms and understands performance as an object of study, method of investigation, and presentation of scholarly data. This entry examines performance as an object of study and as a method. Specific attention is paid to performance in autoethnography and to some of the ethical challenges raised by performance studies in this context.

Performance as an Object of Study

For performance studies scholars, performance is the object of study. The term performance describes an aesthetic event, is used metaphorically, and as an analytic tool. The broad and varied uses of the term performance make it difficult to pin down, which means the term is also a contested ...

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