The Performance Studies Reader, Third Edition

The Per­for­mance Studies Reader: Third Edition

Edited by Henry Bial and Sara Brady
2016, Routledge
Paper, 25cm, 420pp.

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“The great virtue of this anthology is that it is not attempting to delimit the boundaries of the field, but to open the avenues of future exploration.” – Branislav Jakovljevic, Stanford University

Since its first publication in 2002, The Performance Studies Reader has become the leading anthology of key writings on performance studies. Now in its third edition, it continues to offer an unparalleled selection of work by the foremost thinkers in this continually evolving field, including:

J.L. Austin, Eugenio Barba, Gregory Bateson, Catherine Bell, Homi K. Bhabha, Henry Bial, Rhonda Blair, Augusto Boal, Sara Brady, Bertolt Brecht, Judith Butler, Marvin Carlson, Dwight Conquergood, Jacques Derrida, Jill Dolan, Alyda Faber, Johannes Fabian, Faye C. Fei, Glifford Geertz, Erving Goffman, Jerzy Grotowski, Johan Huizinga, Shannon Jackson, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Jill Lane, Erika Fischer Lichte, E. Patrick Johnson, Allan Kaprow, Petra Kuppers, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Michael Atwood Mason, Bruce McConachie, Jon McKenzie, Vsevelod Meyerhold, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Isidore Okpewho, Andrew Parker, Peggy Phelan, Jacques Ranciere, Joseph Roach, Jack Santino, Richard Schechner, Rebecca Schneider, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Lee Strasberg, William H. Sun, Brian Sutton-Smith, Diana Taylor, Edie Turner, Victor Turner, Mary Zimmerman.

Each essay now includes new contextual headnotes from the editors, to introduce students to the writer and their impact on the field.  The Reader thus 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.