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Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke

2018

286 pages

ISBN 978-3-319-73225-1

Performance Philosophy

Theatricality and performativity

writings on texture from Plato's cave to urban activism

Teemu Paavolainen

This book reinterprets theatricality and performativity through a dramaturgy of texture and weaving. As cultural metaphors, theatricality and performativity evoke practices of seeing and doing, but also conflicting values of novelty and normativity. With anthropologist Tim Ingold and philosopher Stephen C. Pepper, this study explores a series of intertwining threads, from the theatrical to the performative: Antitheatrical (Plato, the Baroque, Michael Fried); Pro-theatrical (directors Wagner, Fuchs, Meyerhold, Brecht, and Brook); Dramatic (weaving memory in Shaffer’s Amadeus and Beckett’s Footfalls); Efficient (from modernist “machines for livingin” to the “smart home”); Activist (knit graffiti, clown patrols, and the Anthropo(s)cene). An approach is developed in which ‘performativity’ names the way we tacitly weave worlds and identities, variously concealed or clarified by the step-aside tactics of ‘theatricality'.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73226-8

Full citation [Harvard style]:

Paavolainen, T. (2018). Theatricality and performativity: writings on texture from Plato's cave to urban activism, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Introduction

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1-45

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Emptiness and excess

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47-90

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Directorial perspectives

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91-127

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"Revolving it all"

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129-168

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Smart homes and dwelling machines

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169-209

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Protest in colour and concrete

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211-251

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Knots and loose ends

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253-276

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