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What is Performance Studies?

Diana Taylor, Author

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Bibliography English


This curated bibliography features a selection of works that reflect the different ways in which performance studies has been conceptualized throughout the Americas.

Anderson, Patrick. 2010. So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance. Durham/London: Duke University Press.

Alcázar, Josefina and Ileana Dieguez, eds. 2005. Performance y teatralidad. México, D.F: CITRU.

Alvarez, Natalie, ed. 2012. “Performance Studies in Canada.” Special issue of Canadian Theatre Review 149.

---. 2013. Latina/o Canadian Theatre and Performance. Toronto, ON: Playwrights Canada Press.

Austin, J. L. 1962. How To Do Things with Words. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Bial, Henry, ed. 2004. The Performance Studies Reader. London and New York: Routledge.

Butler, Judith. 1990. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge

---. 1997. Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. New York: Routledge.

Boal, Augusto. 1974. Teatro del oprimido y otras poéticas políticas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones de la Flor.

---. 1985. Theatre of the Oppressed. Translated by Charles A. and Maria-Odilia Leal McBride. New York: Theatre Communications Group.

---. 1996. Teatro Legislativo. Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira.

---. 1998. Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to Make Politics. Translated by Adrian Jackson. New York: Routledge.

---. 2012. Teatro do oprimido e outras poéticas políticas. 12a ed. Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira.

Brooks, Daphne. 2006. Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910. Durham: Duke University Press.

Browning, Barbara. 1995. Samba: Resistance in Motion. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

---. 1998. Infectious Rhythm: Metaphors of Contagion and the Spread of African Culture. New York: Routledge.

Camargo, Robson Corrêa de, Eduardo José Reinato, and Heloisa Capel. 2011. Performances culturais. São Paulo: Hucitec Editora : Editora da PUC-GO.

Carlson, Marvin. 1996. Performance: A Critical Introduction. New York and London: Routledge.

Case, Sue-Ellen, Philip Brett, and Susan Leigh Foster, eds. 1995. Cruising the Performative: Interventions into the Representation of Ethnicity, Nationality, and Sexuality. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Clough, Patricia and Jean Halley, eds. The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

Cohen, Renato. 2002. Performance Como Linguagem: Criação de Um Tempo-espaço de Experimentação. São Paulo: Editora Perspectiva.

Cole, Catherine. 2010. Performing South Africa’s Truth Commission: Stages of Transition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Connerton, Paul. 1989. How Societies Remember. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Conquergood, Dwight. 2013. Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis. Edited and with an introduction by E. Patrick Johnson. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.

Contreras Castro, Anabelle. 2009. “Los estudios de performance a la universidad y la universidad a la calle” Conjunto. No 153 (octubre-diciembre): 22-29.

Cvetokovich, Ann. 2003. An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures. Durham: Duke University Press.

Davis, Tracy. 2008. The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Delgado, Celeste Fraser, and José Esteban Muñoz, eds. 1997. Everynight Life: Culture and dance in Latin/o America. Durham: Duke University Press.

Diéguez, Ileana. 2007. Escenarios Liminales. Buenos Aires: ATUEL.

---, ed. 2009. Des/tejiendo Escenas. Desmontajes: procesos de investigación y creación. México, DF: UIA/CITRU/INBA/CNA.

Dolan, Jill. 1993. Presence and Desire: Essays on Gender, Sexuality, Performance. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Falabella, Soledad, Graciela Huinao, and Roxana Miranda Rupailaf, eds. 2009. Hilando en la memoria: Epu rupa. Santiago: Cuarto Propio.

Felman, Shoshana. 2003. The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with J. L. Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Ferreira, Franciros e Campos Barbosa, and Regina Polo Müller, orgs. 2010. Performance arte e antropologia. São Paulo: Editora Hucitec.

Filewod, Alan. 2002. Performing Canada: The Nation Enacted in the Imagined Theatre. Kamloops, B.C.: Textual Studies in Canada.

Fischer-Lichte, Erika. 2008. The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics. New York: Routledge.

Goffman, Erving. 1959. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Goldberg, RoseLee. 2011. Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present. 3rd ed. London; New York: Thames & Hudson.

Greiner, Christine, and Armindo Bião, orgs. 1998. Etnocenologia: textos selecionados. São Paulo, SP, Brasil: Annablume.

Householder, Johanna and Tanya Mars, eds. 2004. Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women. Toronto: YYZ Books.

Hughes, Holly. 1996. Clit Notes: A Sapphic Sampler. New York: Grove Press.

Hurley, Erin. 2011. National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Céline Dion. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Jackson, Shannon. 2004. Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Jones, Amelia and Adrian Heathfield, eds. 2012. Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History. Bristol: Intellect and the University of Chicago Press.

Kapchan, Deborah. 2007. Traveling Spirit Masters: Moroccan Gnawa Trance and Music in the Global Marketplace. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. 1998. Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Knowles, Ric, ed. 2009. "Intercultural Performance." Special issue of Canadian Theatre Review 139 (summer).

Kulchyski, Peter K. 2005. Like the Sound of a Drum: Aboriginal Cultural Politics in Denendeh and Nunavut. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.

Lane, Jill. 2005. Blackface Cuba, 1840-1895. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Le Breton, David. 2007. Adiós al cuerpo: Una teoría del cuerpo en extremo contemporáneo. México: La Cifra Editorial.

Lepecki, André, ed. 2004. Of the Presence of the Body: Essays on Dance and Performance Theory. Middleton: Wesleyan University Press.

---. 2006. Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement. New York: Routledge.

Levin, Laura, ed. 2011. Theatre and Performance in Toronto. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press.

Levin, Laura and Marlis Schweitzer, eds. N.d. The Performance Studies (Canada) Project. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. <>

Ligiéro, Zeca, ed. 2003. Edição Especial, O Percevejo, no. 12.

---. 2011. Corpo a corpo: estudo das perfomances brasileiras. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: Garamond.

Martín Barbero, Jesús. 1993. Communication, Culture, and Hegemony: From the Media to Mediations. London: SAGE.

Martins, Leda Maria. 1995. A cena em sombras. São Paulo: Editora Perspectiva.

Mayer, Mónica. 2004. Rosa Chillante: Mujeres y Performance. México, DF: CONACULTA/FONCA.

Muñoz, José E. 1999. Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

---. 2009. Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity. New York: New York University Press.

Nyong’o, Tavia. 2009. The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Parker, Andrew, and Eve K. Sedgwick. 1995. Performativity and Performance. New York: Routledge.

Pellegrini, Ann. 2007. “‘Signaling through the Flames’: Hell House Performance and Structures of Religious Feeling,” in American Quarterly Special Issue: Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States, edited by R. Marie Griffith and Melani McAlister, 911-935. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Phelan, Peggy. 1993. Unmarked: The Politics of Performance. New York: Routledge.

Phelan, Peggy and Jill Lane, eds. 1998. The Ends of Performance. New York: New York University Press.

Pollock, Della. 1998. Exceptional Spaces: Essays in Performance and History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Prieto Stambaugh, Antonio. 2001. “Cuatro décadas de acción no- objetual en México.” Conjunto. Revista de teatro latinoamericano 121 (abril-junio): 50-59.

---. 2002. “En torno a los estudios de performance, la teatralidad y más.” Web. November 9, 2013 <>

Reguillo, Rossana. 1991. En la calle otra vez: Las bandas: Identidad urbana y usos de la comunicación. Guadalajara: ITESO.

Reinelt, Janelle G. and Joseph R. Roach, eds. 1992. Critical Theory and Performance. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Restrepo, José Alejandro. 2006. Cuerpo gramatical. Cuerpo, arte y violencia. Bogotá: Universidad de los Andes

Ribeiro, José Augusto. 2015. Caderno Sesc_Videobrasil 01: performance. São Paulo: SESC-SP; Associação Cultural Videobrasil.

Richard, Alain-Martin and Clive Robertson, eds. 1991. Performance Au Canada, 1970-1990. Québec: Éditions Intervention.

Riley, Shannon and Lynette Hunter, eds. 2009. Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Roach, Joseph. 1996. Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance. New York: Columbia University Press.

Rusted, Brian, ed. 2012. Performance Ethnography. Special issue of Canadian Theatre Review 151 (summer).

Scarry, Elaine. 1985. The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World. New York: Oxford University Press.

Schechner, Richard. 1985. Between Theater and Anthropology. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

---. 2003. Performance Theory. 2nd rev. ed. London and New York: Routledge.

---. 2012. Performance e Antropologia de Richard Schechner. Organizada por Zeca Ligiéro. Rio de Janeiro: Mauad.

---. 2013. Performance Studies: An Introduction. 3rd ed. London and New York: Routledge.

Schneider, Rebecca. 1997. The Explicit Body in Performance. London; New York: Routledge.

---. 2011. Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reenactment. New York: Routledge.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. 2003. Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Durham: Duke University Press.

Serna, Javier. 2006. “Usos y desusos de la cultura teatral de Nuevo León en el sexenio de transición” Pasodegato: Revista mexicana de teatro. No 27 (octubre-diciembre): 52-54.

Taylor, Diana. 2003. The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press.

---. 2012. O arquivo e o repertório. Traducido por Eliana Lourenço de Lima Reis. Belo Horizonte: UFMG.

---. 2014. El archivo y el repertorio. La memoria cultural performática en las Américas. Traducido por Anabelle Contreras. Chile: Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado.

---. 2012. Performance. Buenos Aires: Asunto Impreso Ediciones.

---. 2015 (forthcoming). Performance. Translated by Abigail Levine. Durham: Duke University Press.

Taylor, Diana and Marcela Fuentes, eds. 2011. Estudios avanzados de performance. México: Fondo de Cultura Económica.

Turner, Kay. 1999. Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars. New York: Thames & Hudson.

Turner, Victor. 1986. The Anthropology of Performance. New York: PAJ Publications.

Turner, Victor and Ingrid Geist, eds. 2002. Antropología del Ritual. México: INAH.

Worthen, W.B. 1997. Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Compiled with the collaboration of:

· Sareh Afshar (New York University)
· Brian Batchelor (York University, Toronto)
· Laura Levin (York University)
· Shana MacDonald (University of Waterloo)
· Lourdes Pérez Cesari (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo)
· Leticia Robles-Moreno (New York University)
· Marcos Steuernagel (New York University Abu Dhabi)
· Kerry Whigham (New York University)

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