The Performance Studies Reader
Edited by Henry Bial, Sara Brady
Routledge – 2007 – 424 pages
Following on from the highly successful first anthology of critical and theoretical writings on performance studies, this is an updated and significantly expanded second edition which brings the anthology up to date with current debate.
The new edition contains expanded introductory essays, eight entirely new pieces, and is cross-referenced with Richard Schechner's second edition of Performance Studies: An Introduction. The two volumes combine perfectly to offer a unique and complete teaching resource. This important collection is also widely used by students and scholars around the world as a stand-alone text, offering a stimulating introduction to the crucial debates of performance studies.
Collecting together key critical pieces, the Reader provides an overview of the full range of performance theory for undergraduates at all levels, and beginning graduate students in performance studies, theatre, performing arts and cultural studies.
Introduction Henry Bial Part 1: What is Performance Studies? Richard Schechner, W.B. Worthen, Jon McKenzie, Shannon Jackson, Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, John Bell Part 2: What is Performance? Erving Goffman, Clifford Geertz, Marvin Carlson, Neal Gabler, Peggy Phelan Part 3: Ritual Victor Turner, Catherine Bell, Michael Atwood Mason, Alyda Fabe, Jack Santino Part 4: Play Johan Huizinga, Gregory Bateson, Brian Sutton-Smith, Allan Kaprow, B.J. Ancelet Part 5: Performativity J.L. Austin, Judith Butler, Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Johannes Fabian, Jacques Derrida Part 6: Performing Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski, Lee Strasberg, Frances Harding, Rhonda Blair Part 7: Performance Processes Vsevolod Meyerhold, Isidore Okpewho, Marco De Marinis, Eugenio Barba, Mary ZimmermanPart 8: Global and Intercultural Performance Victor Turner with Edie Turner, Homi K. Bhabha, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Jill Lane, Dwight Conquergood, Diana Taylor
Henry Bial is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen and co-editor, with Carol Martin, of Brecht Sourcebook.