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Unmarked: The Politics of Performance

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Unmarked is a controversial analysis of the fraught relation between political and representational visibility in contemporary culture. Written from and for the Left, Unmarked rethinks the claims of visibility politics through a feminist psychoanalytic examination of specific performance texts - including photography, painting, film, theatre and anti-abortion demonstration ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 7th 1993 by Routledge
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Jessica 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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Karli
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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“Visibility politics are compatible with capitalism's relentless appetite for new markets and with the most self-satisfying ideologies of the United States: you are welcome here as long as you are productive. The production and reproduction of visibility are part of the labor of the reproduction of capitalism.” 0 likes
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