Chapter 1: Introducing Theories of Performance
Theory in Perspective: Can You See the Forest for the Trees?
Theory Questions: What? Why? How?
Kinds of Theory Questions
Assumptions about How Language Operates in Theory
Two Models of Communication
Performance as a Communicative Form
Assumptions about Performance: Mimesis, Poiesis, and Kinesis
Performance as a Key Term
Definitions of Performance
Claims about Performance: Constitutive, Epistemic, and Critical
Rethinking Theory and Performance
Chapter 2: Constituting Performance
Theory in Perspective: What Makes a Performance?
The "Nature" of Performance
Constituting Performance through Framing
Constituting the Performance Frame through Keying
Constituting Performance through the Performer
Constituting Performance through Audience
Chapter 3: Performing Texts
Theory in Perspective: What Is a Text?
Humans and Symbol Use: Text Me Later. OK?
From Orality to the Page to the Screen
Interpreting the World as "Text"
When Text Meets Performance
Drama, Script, Theater, and Performance
Assumptions about Texts: Canon, Textuality, and Materiality
Chapter 4: Performing Drama
Theory in Perspective: How Is the World a Stage?
The Drama of a Roller Coaster Ride
Reigning Metaphor: Life as Drama
What Is Aristotelian Drama?
Audience and Dramatic Form
Kenneth Burke's Dramatism: Life Is Drama
Performing Tragic and Comic Attitudes
From Dramatism to Social Drama
Social Drama: Raw Material for Performances
Chapter 5: Performing Culture
Theory in Perspective: How Do Cultures Perform?
Approaches to Studying Culture
From Studying "Man" to Theorizing Movement and Play
Rites of Passage: Moving through Culture
Characteristics of Ritual
From Great Tradition to Cultural Performance
The "Performance Turn" in Study of Culture
Chapter 6: Performing Social Roles
Theory in Perspective: Who Am I?
Don't Play Games with Me!
Teams: Performing Together
Regions: Performing Spaces
When Good Performances Go Bad
Role Distance and Discrepant Roles
Stigmas and "Spoiled" Identities
Passing Genders and Races
Chapter 7: Performing Identity
Theory in Perspective: How Am I a Subject?
Do Social Roles Assume a Foundational Self?
Performativity's Rejections and Projects
Performativity Project 1: Identity Constitution as Material and Historical
Performativity Project 2: A Strategy for Identity Critique
From Philosophy to Speech Act to Laws
Performativity Project 3: A Political Practice of Identity
Chapter 8: Performing Resistance
Chapter 8: Performing Resistance
Theory in Perspective: How Can Performance Change the World?
From Aristotle to Postmodernism
Bertolt Brecht on Performing Resistance
Alienation Effects of Epic Theater
Brechtian Techniques as Critical Lenses
Why Do People Take to the Streets? Models of Protest
Public Events through an Aristotelian Lens
From Traditional to Radical Dramaturgy
Analyzing Protest Events as Performances
The Body Politic: How Do Bodies Intervene?
Resistance in Everyday Life: Foucault's Productive Power
Resistance in Everyday Life: de Certeau's Strategies and Tactics
Chapter 9: Performing Technologies
Chapter 9: Performing Technology
Theory in Perspective: What Exists?
Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware of Old and New
What Is Technology? Extending Human Bodies and Powers
From Deus ex Machina to Flash Mobs: Extending, Enabling, and Accessing Performance
Performance Presence: An Ontology
Six Types of Theatrical Presence
Losing the Aura of Presence
Simulacra: There Is No Original
Cyborg Bodies: Human and Machine
Musical Performance: Is it Live or Is It Memorex?
Interactivity: From "Poke and See," Cyberpoetry, to Computer Art Environments
Reach Out and Perform Someone: Five Kinds of Mediated Presence