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Performing Objects and Theatrical Things

Authors: Schweitzer, Marlis, Zerdy, Joanne

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This book rethinks historical and contemporary theatre, performance, and cultural events by scrutinizing and theorizing the objects and things that activate stages, venues, environments, and archives.

About the authors

Nicole Berkin, The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA Leo Cabranes-Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA Lezlie C. Cross, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA Minty Donald, University of Glasgow, UK Benjamin Gillespie, The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA Chandra Owenby Hopkins, Converse College, USA Karen Jean Martinson, Chicago State University, USA Kee-Yoon Nahm, Yale University, USA Aileen Robinson, Northwestern University, USA Christopher Swift, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, USA Joanne Tompkins, University of Queensland, Australia Helene Vosters, York University, Canada Margaret Werry, University of Minnesota, USA

Reviews

'This valuable collection approaches performance through a focus on objects, and objects through a focus on performance. Across a variety of engaging essays, the book makes evident the range of new materialisms taking shape in and as performance studies as well as the contribution performance studies can make to the new materialist criticism.' - Rebecca Schneider, Brown University, USA

'Performing Objects and Theatrical Things is a stimulating, multifaceted intercisciplinary exploration of the theatrical and performance life of everyday objects in light of recent new materialist, actor network, 'thing' and other theories, held together by the conviction, as the editors say, that matter matters. It will be essential reading for students of theatre and performance for years to come.' - Ric Knowles, Editor, Theatre Journal

'This timely book offers multiple perspectives on the intersection between performance and materiality. With precision and daring, the essays analyze objects onstage, in archives, and in everyday life, as well as the material textures of performance itself. Marlis Schweitzer and Joanne Zerdy's masterful Introduction provides an ideal overview of the theoretical terrain, thus making the anthology accessible to those new to the field. This is a lively, useful, deeply interesting book.' Robin Bernstein, author of Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: Object Lessons

    Schweitzer, Marlis (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Technology and Wonder in Thirteenth-Century Iberia and Beyond

    Swift, Christopher

    Pages 21-35

  • “Nothing but a string of beads”: Maud Allan’s Salomé Costume as a “choreographic thing”

    Schweitzer, Marlis

    Pages 36-48

  • Cartomania and the Scriptive Album: Cartes-de-Visite as Objects of Social Practice

    Berkin, Nicole

    Pages 49-62

  • The Linguistic Animation of an American Yorick

    Cross, Lezlie C.

    Pages 63-75

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing Objects and Theatrical Things
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40245-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137402455
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40244-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48670-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 264
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