What Is Performance Studies?

What Is Performance Studies?

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Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Theater and Performance > Performance Art

This multimedia digital book asks thirty leading scholars from seven different countries throughout the Americas the same question: What is performance studies? Available online, this project features video interviews accompanied by short essays. The interviews are transcribed, translated, and subtitled into English, Spanish, and Portuguese, offering a truly trilingual perspective on performance studies that engages with it from a variety of national, linguistic, and disciplinary locations. Diana Taylor and Marcos Steuernagel's written introduction provides a history and overview of the project, while four brief essays by Steuernagel, Taylor, Marcela A. Fuentes, and Tavia Nyong'o offer critical entry points to the interviews from different yet complementary perspectives. What Is Performance Studies? expands the genealogy of the field while opening new paths for thinking through, in, and with performance studies in the Americas.

Contributors: Patrick Anderson, Daphne A. Brooks, Barbara Browning, Sue-Ellen Case, Catherine M. Cole, Anabelle Contreras Castro, Tracy C. Davis, Diamela Eltit, Soledad Falabella Luco, Holly Hughes, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Jill Lane, André Lepecki, Laura Levin, Zeca Ligiéro, Beth Lopes, Jesús Martín Barbero, Leda Martins, José Esteban Muñoz, Tavia Nyong’o, Ann Pellegrini, Antonio Prieto Stambaugh, Rossana Reguillo Cruz, Joseph Roach, Richard Schechner, Rebecca Schneider, Javier Serna, Marcos Steuernagel, Diana Taylor, Kay Turner, W. B. Worthen.  
Published in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University


"Pedagogically, What Is Performance Studies? could function as a textbook for Introduction to Performance Studies classes as well as more focused seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The keyword tagging system supports the reader’s use of What Is Performance Studies? as a reference guide. The bibliography makes it an excellent resource for future study." — Patricia Ybarra, TDR: The Drama Review

"What Is Performance Studies? offers a rare vantage of hearing a slice of an intimate conversation that demonstrates how iterative, interactive communities of artists and scholars coproduce terms, a field, and areas of study across and between place, language, and discipline." — Alexandra Juhasz, author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community, and Alternative Video

"A wonderful teaching tool, this intriguing project makes a significant contribution and will garner broad interest in the vital field of performance studies—especially in its attention to multilingual audiences around the globe." — Jennifer DeVere Brody, author of Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play


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Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University and the author and editor of several books, including Performance, also published by Duke University Press.
Marcos Steuernagel is Arts and Humanities Postdoctoral Associate at New York University, Abu Dhabi.

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