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Duggan, Patrick and Spence, Jocelyn (2016) Performance and... The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 24 (1). pp. 269-293.

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In titling our chapter 'Performance and...' our intention is not to privilege performance studies over theatre studies or drama but rather to call to attention the longstanding proposition that performance (studies) 'resists or rejects definition' (Schechner, Richard, 1998, 'What Is 'Performance Studies' Anyway?' in: P. Phelan and J. Lane (eds.), The Ends of Performance, NYU Press, p. 360) and as such highlight the potential it holds for interdisciplinary scholarship and the way in which the idea of performance has been conceived fluidly and expansively, both key concerns of all the volumes reviewed here. We are, we hope, at a point in the development of performance and theatre studies where there is an understanding, acceptance and exploration of the mutually constructive and beneficial interweaving of these two 'traditions' of scholarship within the broader field of drama. In the books we look at, both 'theatre' and 'performance' are brought to bear on the matters at hand almost interchangeably, with established text-based dramas taking their place alongside works in the performance art tradition to further arguments pertaining to a variety of disciplines. Such plurality of approach is a defining feature of the works we have chosen to discuss and binds them to a common purpose: the exploration of drama/theatre/performance in, with and between other disciplines and discourses in the pursuit of illuminating the world around us in more meaningful ways.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Performing_Arts
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Guildford School of Acting
Authors :
Spence, Jocelyn
Date : 23 June 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : © The English Association (2016) All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory following peer review. The version of record will be available online at: Jocelyn Spence, Patrick Duggan; 13 Performance and … , The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Volume 24, Issue 1, 1 January 2016, Pages 269–293,
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