Performance and Performativity in German Cultural Studies

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Peter Lang, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 259 pages
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This volume assembles the select proceedings of an international conference held at the University of Cambridge in March 2002. The conference took its cue from the 'performative turn', which has put issues of performance and performativity at the centre of current academic debate in the humanities. The volume aims to show the ways in which German Studies have been turning towards questions of the performative in recent years. On the one hand, this involves an increased interest in the performing arts in the scholarship and teaching of German Studies and a growing understanding of the literary text too, as a performed process as much as a finished object, on the other, an incorporation of theories of performativity, not least in the area of gender and sexuality. The essays cover a range of performance media (theatre, film, performance art, photography) as well as the representation of turns or acts of performance in literary texts from Goethe to key contemporary writers. Together, they indicate exciting new ways forward for German Cultural Studies.
 

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Contents

List of Plates
7
Imitative Performance in Goethes
14
David Barnett
16
Die Wahlverwandtschaften
21
Ellis Hanson
41
JOHANNES TÜRK
67
Claudia Liebrand Ines Steiner
83
Katrin Oltmann
103
Three Postdramatic German TheatreTexts
137
Uta Staiger
159
This
168
David Prickett
177
Beth Linklater
201
Markus Hallensleben
241
Notes on Contributors
257
Copyright

Marino Guida
121

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The Editors: Carolin Duttlinger is Fellow and Tutor in German at Wadham College, Oxford. Her Ph.D. was on Kafka and photography and she has published articles on Kafka, Benjamin, Freud and Sebald.
Lucia Ruprecht is Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge. She works on modern German literature and the history and theory of dance and has published several articles on the topic.
Andrew Webber is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. He has published widely on the culture of modern Germany.

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