Unmarked: The Politics of Performance
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Unmarked: The Politics of Performance

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Feminist film theory has made the psychic and political limitations of representational visibility clear. Yet the Left continues to promote visibility politics as a crucial aspect of progressive struggle. Unmarked examines the fraught relationship between political and representational visibility and invisibility within both mainstream and avant-garde art. Suggesting that...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published January 7th 1993 by Routledge
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Xiaomin Zu
I only read one chapter as assigned by my professor. But I will re-read this work in the future. Phelan problemtizes quite a few taken-to-be-true premises in our 'viewing' of theatre, the mutual-gaze, tension between presence and absence, body and movement. The ontology of performance itself is a problematic concept/question. Maybe even more than any other literary genres, theatre's very existence is dependent on the process of re-reading (repetition with a difference)
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An insightful and original approach to the liveness of performance. The chapters in this book raise questions around visibility and the unmarked and unseen potential that lies in disappearance and invisibility. This is a crucial work in the discussion of politics through performance theory.
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