TITLE

Our Theater? Stages in an American Cultural History

AUTHOR(S)
Kruger, Loren
PUB. DATE
December 1996
SOURCE
American Literary History;Winter1996, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p699
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article asserts that if the American literary canon plays out, mostly by omission, the inadequate literariness of the dramatic text, the dominant paradigm of cultural studies today-the study of popular and mass culture-silently excludes theater as an outdated elitist residuum. It is, however, ironic that, having swept theater off the legitimate stage, cultural studies (or literary studies in cultural drag) should poach from theater the notion of performance as a metaphor for strategies of reading and writing or, in the guise of the "performative," as a term of approbation, while stripping performance of its historical association with dramatic representations.
ACCESSION #
15934819

 

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