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Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas

Editors: Beauchesne, Kim, Santos, Alessandra (Eds.)

  • Creates a necessary discussion on the topic of rethinking the current relevance of utopia, in a climate of global instability 
  • Compiles reflections of academics in dialogue with artists and community organizers on the subject of utopia 
  • Focuses on crucial, pioneering research being conducted by leaders in the academic and artistic field in order to create a discourse on utopia
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This book offers an innovative examination of the utopian impulse through performance as a proposition of practical engagement in the contemporary Americas. The volume compiles unique multidisciplinary and exploratory texts, applying diverse critical and artistic approaches. Its contributors reconceptualize utopia as a creative and theoretical method based on a commitment to sociopolitical transformation. Chapters are organized around notions of mapping utopias, indigenizing practices, political manifestations, and the construction of social identities.

About the authors

Kim Beauchesne is Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Alessandra Santos is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Reviews

“Utopia is performed here: this books brings together essays and performances that show that ‘utopia’ is not just a distant ideal, but an everyday practice. That vision and ethos is enacted in this volume.” (Diana Taylor, New York University, USA)

“This inspiring, hopeful volume reinvigorates the potential of utopia as a concept, noting its operation in performance and representation in the Americas. These vivid essays—by artists and scholars alike—trace utopian impulses and performatives across a breathtaking range of work, illuminating the political possibilities of both performance and performatives. A necessary, transformative collection.” (Jill Dolan, author of “Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theater”)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56873-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57154-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas
Editors
  • Kim Beauchesne
  • Alessandra Santos
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56873-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56873-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57154-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 323
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 illustrations in colour
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