Performance Philosophy

Performance Studies and Negative Epistemology

Performance Apophatics

Authors: Chambers, Claire

  • Employs a radical, non-faith-based approach to religious studies and theology in order to explore performance
  • Interrogates the intersection between negative theology and performance
  • Explores what can be gained through reassessing an ancient form of negative epistemology
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About this book

This book explores the intersection between apophaticism - negative theology - and performance. While apophaticism in literature and critical theory may have had its heyday in the heady debates about negative theology and deconstruction in the 1990s, negative ways of knowing and speaking have continued to structure conversations in theatre and performance studies around issues of embodiment, the non- and post-human, objects, archives, the ethics of otherness in intercultural research, and the unreadable and inaccessible in the work of minority artists. A great part of the history of apophaticism lies in mystic literature. With the rise of the New Age movement, which claimed historical mysticism as part of its genealogy, apophaticism has often been sidelined as spirituality rather than serious study.
This book argues that the apophatic continues to exert a strong influence on the discourse and culture of Western literature and especially performance, and that by reassessing this ancient form of negative epistemology, artists, scholars, students, and teachers alike can more deeply engage forms of unknowing through what cannot be said and cannot be represented in language, on the stage, and in every aspect of social life.

About the authors

Claire Maria Chambers teaches modern American and British drama at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. Her articles have appeared in Theatre Journal, Performance Research, and Text and Performance Quarterly, among others.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Performance Apophatics

    Chambers, Claire Maria

    Pages 1-19

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  • Performance Studies and Negative Epistemology

    Chambers, Claire Maria

    Pages 21-69

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  • Intercultural Performance and the Apophatics of Appropriation

    Chambers, Claire Maria

    Pages 71-120

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  • An Apophatics of the Archive: In Memoriam Reverend Doctor Florence Li Tim-Oi

    Chambers, Claire Maria

    Pages 121-161

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  • The Playwright as Negative Theologian: James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner and Blues for Mister Charlie

    Chambers, Claire Maria

    Pages 163-208

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eBook 62,99 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-52043-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performance Studies and Negative Epistemology
Book Subtitle
Performance Apophatics
Authors
Series Title
Performance Philosophy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52044-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52044-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52043-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 301
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
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