Play, Performance, and Identity

How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces

Author: Matt Omasta,Drew Chappell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317703235

Category: Art

Page: 192

View: 8009

Play helps define who we are as human beings. However, many of the leisurely/ludic activities people participate in are created and governed by corporate entities with social, political, and business agendas. As such, it is critical that scholars understand and explicate the ideological underpinnings of played-through experiences and how they affect the player/performers who engage in them. This book explores how people play and why their play matters, with a particular interest in how ludic experiences are often constructed and controlled by the interests of institutions, including corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, religious organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Each chapter explores diverse sites of play. From theme parks to comic conventions to massively-multiplayer online games, they probe what roles the designers of these experiences construct for players, and how such play might affect participants' identities and ideologies. Scholars of performance studies, leisure studies, media studies and sociology will find this book an essential reference when studying facets of play.

Sergi Belbel and Catalan Theatre

Text, Performance and Identity

Author: David John George

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1855662205

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

View: 6415

A major contemporary playwright and director.

Performance and Identity in the Classical World

Author: Anne Duncan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107320852

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 8460

Performance and Identity in the Classical World traces attitudes towards actors in Greek and Roman culture as a means of understanding ancient conceptions of, and anxieties about, the self. Actors were often viewed as frauds and impostors, capable of deliberately fabricating their identities. Conversely, they were sometimes viewed as possessed by the characters that they played, or as merely playing themselves onstage. Numerous sources reveal an uneasy fascination with actors and acting, from the writings of elite intellectuals (philosophers, orators, biographers, historians) to the abundant theatrical anecdotes that can be read as a body of 'popular performance theory'. This 2005 text examines these sources, along with dramatic texts and addresses the issue of impersonation, from the late fifth century BCE to the early Roman Empire.

Performing Identity and Gender in Literature, Theatre and the Visual Arts

Author: Panayiota Chrysochou

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443878588

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 135

View: 4956

This volume presents a compelling mélange of chapters focusing on the myriad ways in which performance and gender are inextricably bound to identity. It shows how gender, performance and identity play themselves out in various ways, contexts and genres, in order to illumine the very instability and fluidity of identity as a static category. As such, it is a must-read for anyone interested in gender studies, identity politics and literature in general.

Blake's Drama

Theatre, Performance and Identity in the Illuminated Books

Author: D. Piccitto

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137378018

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

View: 1826

Blake's Drama challenges conventional views of William Blake's multimedia work by reinterpreting it as theatrical performance. Viewed in its dramatic contexts, this art form is shown to provoke an active spectatorship and to depict identity as paradoxically essential and constructed, revealing Blake's investments in drama, action, and the body.

Theatre and Performance in Small Nations

Author: Steven Blandford

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 184150646X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 212

View: 6645

Arguing that the cultures of small nations offer vital insights into the way people relate to national identity in a globalized world, Theatre and Performance in Small Nations features an array of case studies that examine the relationships between theater, performance, identity, and the nation. These contributions cover a wide range of national contexts, including small “stateless” nations such as Catalonia, Scotland, and Wales; First Nations such as indigenous Australia and the Latino United States; and geographically enormous nations whose relationships to powerful neighbors radically affect their sense of cultural autonomy

Gender, Performance, and Identity

Author: Mwenda Ntarangwi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780865439740

Category: Social Science

Page: 361

View: 1581

Juxtaposing cultural norms with everyday practices, Ntarangwi explores how gender and identity are practiced, constructed, mobilised and contested through popular musical expressions known as Taarah. By examining masculinity and femininity within these expressions, Ntarangwi raises questions of critical importance to the study of gender, positing ultimately that gender can be used to reshape conceptual categories and intellectual theories of everyday experiences.

The Performance of Self

Ritual, Clothing, and Identity During the Hundred Years War

Author: Susan Crane

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812218060

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

View: 8438

Medieval courtiers defined themselves in ceremonies and rituals. Tournaments, Maying, interludes, charivaris, and masking invited the English and French nobility to assert their identities in gesture and costume as well as in speech. These events presumed that performance makes a self, in contrast to the modern belief that identity precedes social performance and, indeed, that performance falsifies the true, inner self. Susan Crane resists the longstanding convictions that medieval rituals were trivial affairs, and that personal identity remained unarticulated until a later period. Focusing on England and France during the Hundred Years War, Crane draws on wardrobe accounts, manuscript illuminations, chronicles, archaeological evidence, and literature to recover the material as well as the verbal constructions of identity. She seeks intersections between theories of practice and performance that explain how appearances and language connect when courtiers dress as wild men to interrupt a wedding feast, when knights choose crests and badges to supplement their coats of arms, and when Joan of Arc cross-dresses for the court of inquisition after her capture.

Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy

The Comic 'i'

Author: S. Colleary

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137343907

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

View: 9036

One of the cultural phenomena to occur in Ireland in the last two decades has been the highly successful growth of stand-up comedy as a popular entertainment genre. This book examines stand-up comedy from the perspective of the narrated self, through the prism of the fabricated comedy persona, including Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Maeve Higgins.

Performance: pt. 1. Identity and the self

Author: Philip Auslander

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415255158

Category: Performance

Page: 480

View: 5091

This collection reflects not only the multidisciplinary nature of current thinking about performance, but also the complex and contested nature of the concept itself.

Character's Theater

Genre and Identity on the Eighteenth-Century English Stage

Author: Lisa A. Freeman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812201949

Category: Drama

Page: 312

View: 1962

If the whole world acted the player, how did the player act the world? In Character's Theater, Lisa A. Freeman uses this question to test recent critical discussion of eighteenth-century literature and culture. Much current work, she observes, focuses on the concept of theatricality as both the governing metaphor of social life and a primary filter of psychic perception. Hume's "theater of the mind," Adam Smith's "impartial spectator," and Diderot's "tableaux" are all invoked by theorists to describe a process whereby the private individual comes to internalize theatrical logic and apprehend the self as other. To them theatricality is a critical mechanism of modern subjectivity but one that needs to be concealed if the subject's stability is to be maintained. Finding that much of this discussion about the "Age of the Spectator" has been conducted without reference to the play texts or actual theatrical practice, Freeman turns to drama and discovers a dynamic model of identity based on eighteenth-century conceptualizations of character. In contrast to the novel, which cultivated psychological tensions between private interiority and public show, dramatic characters in the eighteenth century experienced no private thoughts. The theater of the eighteenth century was not a theater of absorption but rather a theater of interaction, where what was monitored was not the depth of character, as in the novel, but the arc of a genre over the course of a series of discontinuous acts. In a genre-by-genre analysis of plays about plays, tragedy, comedies of manners, humours, and intrigue, and sentimental comedy, Freeman offers an interpretive account of eighteenth-century drama and its cultural work and demonstrates that by deploying an alternative model of identity, theater marked a site of resistance to the rise of the subject and to the ideological conformity enforced through that identity formation.

The Rival Sirens

Performance and Identity on Handel's Operatic Stage

Author: Suzanne Aspden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107033373

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 1720

The Rival Sirens examines the vital and intertwined roles of singers, audiences and local cultural context in creating eighteenth-century opera.

Auto/Biography and Identity

Women, Theatre and Performance

Author: Maggie B B. Gale,Vivien Gardner

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719063329

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 260

View: 5918

This groundbreaking book shows how female performers have used autobiography and performance as both a means of expression and control of their private and public selves, the "face and the mask". It looks at how actors, managers, writers and live artists have done this on the page and on the stage from the late eighteenth-century to the present day, testing the boundaries between gender, theatre and autobiographical form. This book facilitates connections--between texts and performances, past and present practitioners, professional and private selves, individuals and communities--all of which have in some way renegotiated identity through autobiography and the creative act.

Performance, Identity, and the Neo-Political Subject

Author: Fintan Walsh,Matthew Causey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113615485X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 7777

This book stages a timely discussion about the centrality of identity politics to theatre and performance studies. It acknowledges the important close relationship between the discourses and practices historically while maintaining that theatre and performance can enlighten ways of being with others that are not limited by conventional identitarian languages. The essays engage contemporary theatre and performance practices that pose challenging questions about identity, as well as subjectivity, relationality, and the politics of aesthetics, responding to neo-liberal constructions and exploitations of identity by seeking to discern, describe, or imagine a new political subject. Chapters by leading international scholars look to visual arts practice, digital culture, music, public events, experimental theatre, and performance to investigate questions about representation, metaphysics, and politics. The collections seeks to foreground shared, universalist connections that unite rather than divide, visiting metaphysical questions of being and becoming, and the possibilities of producing alternate realities and relationalities. The book asks what is at stake in thinking about a subject, a time, a place, and a performing arts practice that would come ‘after’ identity, and explores how theatre and performance pose and interrogate these questions.

Acting Black

College, Identity and the Performance of Race

Author: Sarah Susannah Willie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135946132

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 8151

Sarah Willie asks: What's it like to be black on campus. For most Black students, attending predominantly white universities, it is a struggle. Do you try to blend in? Do you take a stand? Do you end up acting as the token representative for your whole race? And what about those students who attend predominantly black universities? How do their experiences differ? In Acting Black, Sarah Willie interviews 55 African American alumnae of two universities, comparable except that one is predominantly white, Northwestern, and one is predominantly black, Howard. What she discovers through their stories, mirrored in her own college experience , is that the college campus is in some cases the stage for an even more intense version of the racial issues played out beyond its walls. The interviewees talk about "acting white" in some situations and "acting black" in others. They treat race as many different things, including a set of behaviours that they can choose to act out. In Acting Black, Willie situates the personal stories of her own experience and those of her interviewees within a timeline of black education in America and a review of university policy, with suggestions for improvement for both black and white universities seeking to make their campuses truly multicultural. In the tradition of The Agony of Education (Routledge, 1996) , Willie captures the painful dilemmas and ugly realities African Americans must face on campus.

Performance: A Critical Introduction

Author: Marvin Carlson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136498656

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 7874

This comprehensively revised, illustrated edition discusses recent performance work and takes into consideration changes that have taken place since the book's original publication in 1996. Marvin Carlson guides the reader through the contested definition of performance as a theatrical activity and the myriad ways in which performance has been interpreted by ethnographers, anthropologists, linguists, and cultural theorists. Topics covered include: *the evolution of performance art since the 1960s *the relationship between performance, postmodernism, the politics of identity, and current cultural studies *the recent theoretical developments in the study of performance in the fields of anthropology, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and technology. With a fully updated bibliography and additional glossary of terms, students of performance studies, visual and performing arts or theatre history will welcome this new version of a classic text.

Vile eloquence

performance and identity in Greco-Roman rhetoric

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 221

View: 7572


Transnational Performance, Identity and Mobility in Asia

Author: Iris H. Tuan,Ivy I-Chu Chang

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811071071

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 164

View: 6234

This pivot considers the history, methodology and practice of Asian theatre and investigates the role of Asian theatre and film in contemporary transnational Asian identities. It critically reviews the topics of transnationalism and intercultural political difference, arguing that the concept of Transnational Asian theatre or 'TransAsia' can promote cultural diversity and social transformation. The book notably offers an understanding of theatre as a cultural laboratory, a repository for diverse histories and a forum for intercultural dialogue, allowing for a better understanding of sociocultural patterns surrounding transnational Asian identity and mobility.