Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 176 pages
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Disability and Contemporary Performance presents a remarkable challenge to existing assumptions about disability and artistic practice. In particular, it explores where cultural knowledge about disability leaves off, and the lived experience of difference begins. Petra Kuppers, herself an award-winning artist and theorist, investigates the ways in which disabled performers challenge, change and work with current stereotypes through their work. She explores freak show fantasies and 'medical theatre' as well as live art, webwork, theatre, dance, photography and installations, to cast an entirely new light on contemporary identity politics and aesthetics.
This is an outstanding exploration of some of the most pressing issues in performance, cultural and disability studies today, written by a leading practitioner and critic.
 

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Contents

Practices of reading difference
12
Freaks stages and medical fheaters
31
Performing disability
49
Outsider energies
70
Disability trauma and narrative
87
Cyborgs and websurfers
105
Notes
135
Bibliography
156
Index
171
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Petra Kuppers is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Bryant College. She is Artistic Director of the Olimpias Performance Research Project and she has written extensively in the fields of cultural, performance and disability studies.

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