This revolutionary introductory performance studies coursebook brings together classic texts in critical theory and shows how these texts can be used in the analysis of performance.
The editors put their texts to work in examining such key topics as:
* decoding the sign
* the politics of performance
* the politics of gender and sexual identity
* performing ethnicity
* the performing body
* the space of performance
* audience and spectatorship
* the borders of performance.
Each reading is clearly introduced, making often complex critical texts accessible at an introductory level and immediately applicavble to the field of performance. The ideas explored within these readings are further clarified through innovative, carefully tested exercises and activities.

part |2 pages

Decoding the artefact

chapter 1|9 pages

1 The sign

chapter 1|5 pages

2 Myth

chapter 1|14 pages

3 Structure

chapter |26 pages

The politics of performance

chapter |29 pages

Performing gender and sexual identity

chapter 3|9 pages

5 Acting camp

part |2 pages

Performing ethnicity

chapter 4|28 pages

1 The Other

part |2 pages

The performing body

chapter 5|28 pages

1 Political bodies

chapter |22 pages

The space of performance

chapter |24 pages

Spectator and audience

chapter |15 pages

At the borders of performance

chapter 8|13 pages

3 Carnival

chapter |4 pages

Analysing performance