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Opening Acts

Opening Acts
Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Studies

Edited by:
  • Judith Hamera - Princeton University, USA, Texas A&M University, USA

July 2012 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Opening Acts offers new, rigorous ways to analyze communication and culture through performance. It offers cutting edge readings of everyday life, space, history, and intersections of all three, using a critical performance-based approach.

Key features:

- familiarizes readers with the core elements and commitments of performance-based analysis;

- links performance-based analysis to theoretical and analytical perspectives in communication and cultural studies;

- provides engaging examples of how to use performance as a critical tool to open up communication and culture;

- combines the best features of two classroom formats. Like a reader, it offers a menu of diverse approaches to performance-based analysis. Like a monograph, these approaches are organized into a coherent conceptual and pedagogical frame;

- explicitly links developments in performance theory and methodology to current theories and methodologies in communication and cultural studies;

- a topical organization mirrors those theoretical and methodological concerns most likely to engage students and scholars: how to analyze practices of everyday life, history, space, and intersections of all three.

Judith Hamera
Introduction: Opening Opening Acts
Section 1: Engaging the Everyday
Judith Hamera
Leonard Clyde Hawes
1. Becoming Other-Wise: Conversational Performance and the Politics of Experience
Bryant Keith Alexander
2. Telling Twisted Tales: Owning Place, Owning Culture in Ethnographic Research
Section 2: Animating Locations
Judtih Hamera
Sonja Arsham Kuftinec
3. Bridging Haunted Places: Performance and the Production of Mostar
Michael S. Bowman
4. Looking for Stonewall's Arm: Tourist Performance as Research Method
Section 3: Interrogating Histories
Judith Hamera
Dwight Conquergood
5. Rethinking Elocution: The Trope of the Talking Book and Other Figures of Speech
Ruth Laurion Bowman
6. Diverging Paths in Performance Genealogies
Section 4: Synthesizing Scholarship
Judith Hamera
Paul Edwards
7. The Mechanical Bride of Yonville-l'Abbaye (Batteries Not Included): Remapping the Canonical Landmark
Section 5: Embracing Performances
Judith Hamera
D. Soyini Madison
8. Performing Theory/Embodied Writing
About the Editor
About the Contributors

Judith Ann Hamera

Judith Hamera received her B.A. (1980) in Mass Communication from Wayne State University and her M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1987) in Interpretation and Performance Studies respectively from Northwestern University. She is currently the Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. She has served as Editor of Text and Performance Quarterly, the journal of the National Communication Association Division of Performance Studies. Her publications have appeared in Cultural Studies, TDR: The Drama Review, Modern Drama, Text and... More About Author

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