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Opening Acts Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Studies by Judith A. Hamera

Opening Acts Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Studies


Opening Acts Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Studies by Judith A. Hamera

Opening Acts offers new, rigorous ways to analyze communication and culture through performance. It offers cutting edge readings of everyday life, space, history, and intersections of all three, using a critical performance-based approach. Key features: - familiarizes readers with the core elements and commitments of performance-based analysis; - links performance-based analysis to theoretical and analytical perspectives in communication and cultural studies; - provides engaging examples of how to use performance as a critical tool to open up communication and culture; - combines the best features of two classroom formats. Like a reader, it offers a menu of diverse approaches to performance-based analysis. Like a monograph, these approaches are organized into a coherent conceptual and pedagogical frame; - explicitly links developments in performance theory and methodology to current theories and methodologies in communication and cultural studies; - a topical organization mirrors those theoretical and methodological concerns most likely to engage students and scholars: how to analyze practices of everyday life, history, space, and intersections of all three.

About the Author

Judith Hamera received her B.A. (1980) in Mass Communication from Wayne State University and her M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1987) in Interpretation and Performance Studies respectively from Northwestern University. She is currently the Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. She has served as Editor of Text and Performance Quarterly, the journal of the National Communication Association Division of Performance Studies. Her publications have appeared in Cultural Studies, TDR: The Drama Review, Modern Drama, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Topics, and Women and Language. She is the recipient of the National Communication Association's Lilla Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies, and was named President's Distinguished Professor at California State University in 2004. She is coeditor, with D. Soyini Madison, of the SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies.

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Publication date

7th September 2005


Judith A. Hamera

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SAGE Publications Inc


288 pages


Communication studies
Cultural studies



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