Contemporary Performance InterActions

Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times

Editors: Diamond, Elin, Varney, Denise, Amich, Candice (Eds.)

  • Provides an accessible and fascinating insight into global attitudes towards feminist expression in the arts
  • Takes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach to a key contemporary social issue
  • Offers a working tool for understanding the role of political attitudes in the shaping of theatrical and artistic output globally
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About this book

This book is a provocative new study of global feminist activism that opposes neoliberal regimes across several sites including Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The feminist performative acts featured in the book contest the aggressive unravelling of collectively won gains in gender, sexual and racial equality, the appearance of new planes of discrimination, and the social consequences of political economies based on free market ideology. The investigations of affect theory follow the circulation of intensities – of political impingements on bodies, subjective and symbolic violence, and the shock of dispossession – within and beyond individuals to the social and political sphere. Affect is a helpful matrix for discussing the volatile interactivity between performer and spectator, whether live or technologically mediated. Contending that there is no activism without affect, the collection brings back to the table the activist and hopeful potential of feminism.

About the authors

Elin Diamond is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, USA.

Denise Varney is Professor of Theatre Studies and co-director of the Australian Centre in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Candice Amich is Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, USA.


Reviews

“This collection is a major achievement and shining testimony to the longevity and value of an  international research group of feminist scholars who over time have developed a penetrating critique of our (neoliberal) times, the virtues and liabilities of affect, and the ways they manifest in performances across the world.” (Janelle Reinelt, Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Warwick, UK)

“In a spectrum of sharply inflected positions on the intersections of neoliberalism, affect and feminism, this assemblage of essays located in diverse geographical locations calls attention to the ways in which feminist performance continues to rage in multiple registers against the collusions of the state, the market, heteronormativity and racism.” (Rustom Bharucha, Professor in the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India)

“The four keywords that organize this important and timely collection evoke the most compelling intellectual and political issues of our time.  The global reach of sites considered and the range of state power expertly examined illustrates each essay’s significance and impact.  An excellent, lively, engaged, and inspiring read.” (Jill Dolan, Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theatre, Princeton University, USA)

“This timely anthology examines how contemporary performance and intersectional feminism display complex affective responses to gendered life in neoliberal times. Arguing there is no resistance without affect, the book is also significant for its cross-cultural analysis and diverse case studies, offering insightful essays by leading scholars and new critical perspectives.” (Peter Eckersall, Professor of Theatre, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA)

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Diamond, Elin (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • The Affective Performance of State Love

    Case, Sue-Ellen

    Pages 15-23

  • ‘Not Now, Not Ever’: Julia Gillard and the Performative Power of Affect

    Varney, Denise

    Pages 25-38

  • Performing Sovereignty Against Jurisprudential Death in an Australian State of Exception

    D’Urso, Sandra

    Pages 39-50

  • Imagining Love in a Neoliberal Japan: Yanagi Miwa’s Elevator Girl

    Anan, Nobuko

    Pages 51-63

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59809-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times
Editors
  • Elin Diamond
  • Denise Varney
  • Candice Amich
Series Title
Contemporary Performance InterActions
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59810-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59810-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59809-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 315
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 illustrations in colour
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