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Opening Acts
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Opening Acts
Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Studies

Edited by:
  • Judith Hamera - Princeton University, USA, Texas A&M University, USA


September 2005 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Opening Acts offers new, rigorous ways to analyze communication and culture through performance. It offers cutting edge readings of everyday life, space, history, and intersections of all three, using a critical performance-based approach.

Key features:

- familiarizes readers with the core elements and commitments of performance-based analysis;

- links performance-based analysis to theoretical and analytical perspectives in communication and cultural studies;

- provides engaging examples of how to use performance as a critical tool to open up communication and culture;

- combines the best features of two classroom formats. Like a reader, it offers a menu of diverse approaches to performance-based analysis. Like a monograph, these approaches are organized into a coherent conceptual and pedagogical frame;

- explicitly links developments in performance theory and methodology to current theories and methodologies in communication and cultural studies;

- a topical organization mirrors those theoretical and methodological concerns most likely to engage students and scholars: how to analyze practices of everyday life, history, space, and intersections of all three.

Judith Hamera
Introduction: Opening Opening Acts
 
Section 1: Engaging the Everyday
Judith Hamera
Introduction
Leonard Clyde Hawes
1. Becoming Other-Wise: Conversational Performance and the Politics of Experience
Bryant Keith Alexander
2. Telling Twisted Tales: Owning Place, Owning Culture in Ethnographic Research
 
Section 2: Animating Locations
Judtih Hamera
Introduction
Sonja Arsham Kuftinec
3. Bridging Haunted Places: Performance and the Production of Mostar
Michael S. Bowman
4. Looking for Stonewall's Arm: Tourist Performance as Research Method
 
Section 3: Interrogating Histories
Judith Hamera
Introduction
Dwight Conquergood
5. Rethinking Elocution: The Trope of the Talking Book and Other Figures of Speech
Ruth Laurion Bowman
6. Diverging Paths in Performance Genealogies
 
Section 4: Synthesizing Scholarship
Judith Hamera
Introduction
Paul Edwards
7. The Mechanical Bride of Yonville-l'Abbaye (Batteries Not Included): Remapping the Canonical Landmark
 
Section 5: Embracing Performances
Judith Hamera
Introduction
D. Soyini Madison
8. Performing Theory/Embodied Writing
 
About the Editor
 
About the Contributors
 
Index

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