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Violence Performed

Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict

Palgrave Macmillan


Part of the book series: Studies in International Performance (STUDINPERF)

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About this book

This topical collection explores the relationship between violence and performance. The authors offer fresh theoretical perspectives and examine media as diverse as street theatre, performance art, photography and cinema in locations as diverse as Korea and South Africa to India and Israel.


  • conflict
  • crime
  • democracy
  • immigration
  • Israel
  • media
  • migration
  • neoliberalism
  • politics
  • reform
  • terrorism
  • theatre
  • tragedy
  • violence


'...vibrant and vital collection...' - Theatre Research International

'Violence Performed is an important contribution to studies of violence in political contexts worldwide' - Lynette Hunter, Professor of the History of Rhetoric and Performance, UC Davis, USA

'Violence Performed is more than a collection of essays: it is a call to critical arms for all scholars in theatre and performance studies engaged with the challenges of bearing witness to global violence, and to the violence of the "global" as a constitutive discourse of late modernity. Anderson and Menon ask us to explore not only the places and performances of cultural and political trauma, but also the larger ethical questions that attend our work on trauma "elsewhere". What are the politics of performing violence? Of writing about violence performed? These are the urgent questions at the heart of this valuable book.'- Kim Solga, Associate Professor of English, University of Western Ontario, Canada

'Few works balance the theoretical charge of their arguments with such powerful contempoary examples. Given that the emphasis is on the performative aspects of violence, the editors do a terrifc work of examining not merely the staged (which assumes social and political actors) but also the spectacular (that which assumes rapid dissemination and disruption of the social) dimensions of public violence.' - Aishwary Kumar, Assistant Professor of Modern South Asian History, Stanford University, USA

About the authors

CATHERINE COLE is Professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, USA MARY KAREN DAHL is Professor of Theatre at Florida State University, USA MAYA DODD is Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Education at FLAME (Foundation for Liberal and Management Education) in Pune, India LAURA EDMONDSON is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Dartmouth College, USA SUSAN HAEDICKE currently teaches Performance Studies and Theatre History and Theory in the Department of Theatre at University of Maryland/College Park, USA KETU KATRAK is a Professor of Asian-American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, USA EDDY KENT is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, Canada SUK-YOUNG KIM is Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA SONJA KUFTINEC is an Associate Professor of Theater Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota, USA BARBARA LEWIS is the Director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA, where she holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Africana Studies and English JON MCKENZIE is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin, USA TONY PERUCCI is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, USA MARK PHELAN is a Lecturer in Drama at Queen's University Belfast, UK PEGGY PHELAN is the Ann O'Day Maples Chair in the Arts and Professor of Drama and English at Stanford University, USA FREDDIE ROKEM is Professor of Theatre Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel LES WADE is Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature, Theory, and Criticism at Louisiana State University, USA

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Softcover Book USD 49.99
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Hardcover Book USD 79.99
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