Acting Out: Feminist Performances

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Lynda Hart, Peggy Phelan
University of Michigan Press, 1993 - Performing Arts - 406 pages
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Both a critical account of contemporary feminist performance and illustration of its depth and diversity, Acting Out is essential reading for anyone interested in feminist theory, sexual difference, queer theory, or the politics of contemporary performance. Contributors include Philip Auslander, C. Carr, Kate Davy, Joyce Devlin, Elin Diamond, Jill Dolan, Hillary Harris, Lynda Hart, Lynda M. Hill, Julie Malnig, Vivan M. Patraka, Peggy Phelan, Janelle Reinelt, Sandra L. Richards, Amy Robinson, Judy C. Rosenthal, Rebecca Schneider, Raewyn Whyte, and Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Reciting the Citation of Others or A Second Introduction
13
Politics of Identities
33
Caught in the Act of Social Definition On the Rood with Anna Deavere Smith
35
From Lady Dick to Ladylike The Work of Holly Hughes
55
Cherrie Moragas Shadow of a Man Touching the Wound in Order to Heal
85
Desire Cloaked in a Trenchcoat
105
Identity and Seduction Lesbians in the Mainstream
119
The Womens Experimental Theatre Transforming Family Stories into Feminist Questions
201
Split Britches in Split Britches Performing History Vaudeville and the Everyday
215
The Reproduction of Visibility
225
See the Big Show Spiderwoman Theater Doubling Back
227
Toward a Lesbian Theory of Performance Refunctioning Gender
257
Robbie McCauley Speaking History OtherWise
277
Staging Hurstons Life and Work
295
Brought to You by FernRage Standup Comedy and the Politics of Gender
315

Performing Histories
139
Unspeakable Practices Unnatural Acts The Taboo Art of Karen Finley
141
Telling the Awful lest Truth An Interview with Karen Finley
153
Resisting Thatcherism The Monstrous Regiment and the School of Hard Knox
161
Siren Theatre Company Politics in Performance
181
Is She or Isnt She? Madonna and the Erotics of Appropriation Amy Robinson
337
Mimesis Mimicry and the TrueReal
363
White Men and Pregnancy Discovering the Body to Be Rescued
383
Contributors
403
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About the author (1993)

LYNDA HART is an Assistant Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati where she teaches Modern and Contemporary Drama and Shakespeare.

Peggy Phelan is chair of the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. She is the author of "Unmarked: The Politics of Performance and Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories".

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