This book investigates transnational processes through the analytic lens of cultural performance.

Structured around key concepts of performance studies––commons, skills, and traces––this edited collection addresses the political, normative, and historical implications of cultural performances beyond the limits of the (US) nation-state. These three central aspects of performance function as entryways to inquiries into transnational processes and allow the authors to shift the discussion away from text-centered approaches to intercultural encounters and to bring into focus the dynamic field that opens up between producer, art work, context, setting, and audience in the moment of performance as well as in its afterlife. The chapters provide fresh, performance-based approaches to notions of transcultural mobility and circulation, transnational cultural experience and knowledge formation, transnational public spheres, and identities’ rootedness in both specific local places and diasporic worlds beyond the written word.

This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of American studies, performance studies, and transnational studies

part |62 pages


chapter 2|15 pages

The San Francisco Opera House as a Music Theater Commons

Performing Heart of a Soldier Ten Years After 9/11

chapter 3|15 pages

Performing Il/legibility

Staging Miscegenation in Oroonoko and Inkle and Yarico on the Late Eighteenth-Century Stage

part |44 pages

Intervention I

chapter 6|15 pages

Border Movement…

Transnational Performance in Practice

chapter 7|13 pages


The Skills of Transnational Capitalism in Annie Proulx's Barkskins

chapter 8|14 pages

Fugitive Voices

Artfulness, Performance, and “the other” in Advertisements for African and African American Fugitives in the Early National United States

part |18 pages

Intervention II

chapter 9|16 pages

Radical Time Travel

An Interview with Denise Uyehara

part |54 pages


chapter 10|14 pages

#God im so glad i got to go

The Monster Ball Tour, Transnational Performances, and Digital Traces

chapter 11|14 pages

Theater of War

Reconstructing (Trans)national Affiliation and Performance Residue in a Divided City

chapter 12|24 pages

Tracing, Erasing, and Recovering Spring Path

An Eighteenth-Century “Site of Memory” in Olaudah Equiano's Jamaica