Performance: A Critical Introduction

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Performance: A Critical Introduction is the first survey to provide an overview of the modern concept of performance and how it has developed in various fields. In a highly accessible style Marvin Carlson introduces the reader to the contested interpretations of performance art as a theatrical activity and to the ways that performance has been understood by ethnographers, anthropologists, linguists and cultural theorists. Some of the topics he discusses include:
* the evolution of performance art since the 1960s
* developments of performance as a concept within the various social sciences
* the relationships between performance, postmodernism and the politics of identity
For any student of performance studies, visual and performing arts or theatre history, Performance: A Critical Introduction provides a vital insight into the diverse meanings and uses of performance

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"This is vintage Carlson - erudite, concise, precise and engaging.."
-Maria Shevstova, "Theatre Quarterly

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This survey provides an overview of the modern concept of performance and how it has developed in various fields. It introduces the reader to the contested interpretations of performance art as a theatrical activity, and to the ways that performance has been understood by ethnographers, anthropologists, linguists and cultural theorists. Some of the topics discussed include: the evolution of performance art since the 1960s, the development of performance as a concept within the various social sciences, and the relationships between performance, postmodernism and the politics of identity. For any student of performance studies, visual and performing arts or theatre history, this text should provide a useful insight into the diverse meanings and uses of performance.

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