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Title Animal acts : performing species today / edited by Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2014]


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 246 pages) : illustrations.
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Series Critical Performances
Critical performances.
Summary "Everyone has an animal story--the pet they loved or hated, the wild animal that captured their childhood imagination, the nasty dog at the end of the street, the deer your uncle shot or your neighbor hit while driving. Telling stories about animals is part of how we tell the story of being human, but recent scientific breakthroughs in animal cognition, the exploding interdisciplinary field of animal studies, and global climate change have all complicated these stories. Animal Acts collects some of the most exciting, provocative, and moving solo performances on animals, grounded by commentaries that help put these engaging works in a larger context. Animal Acts includes the work of leading theater artists Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and others, along with commentary by major scholars including Donna Haraway, Jane Desmond, Jill Dolan, and Nigel Rothfels. A masterful introduction by Una Chaudhuri provides readers a useful foundation for understanding and appreciating the intersection of animal studies and performance. The anthology makes an important contribution to several fields as it foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and other issues central to the human project within the discourse of the "post human." The collection will be of interest to those interested in solo performance, animal studies, gender studies, performance studies, and environmental studies"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Animal acts for changing times, 2.0: a field guide to interspecies performance / Una Chaudhuri -- The dog and pony show (bring your own pony) / Holly Hughes -- Commentary: Agility is performance art / Donna Haraway -- Stay! / Vicky Ryder, Lisa Asagi, and Stacy Makishi -- Commentary: What happened to the black dog? / Marla Carlson -- Cat lady / Joseph Keckler -- Commentary: Theatre of the Cat Lady who is not / Erika Rundle -- With what ass does the cockroach sit?=: ¿Con qué culo se siento la cucaracha? / Carmelita Tropicana (aka Alina Troyano) -- Commentary: Queer tales of a transnational Cuban cockroach / Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Martina, Catalina, Elián, and the Old Man -- No bees for Bridgeport: a fable from the age of Daley / Kestutis Nakas -- Commentary: A new fable of the bees / Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson -- Horseback views: a queer hippological performance / Kim Marra -- Commentary: Kinesthetic intimacies / Jane C. Desmond -- Monkey / Deke Weaver -- Commentary: Apes like us / Cary Wolfe -- Excerpts from Elephant / Deke Weaver -- Commentary: A hero's death / Nigel Rothfels -- Excerpt from Everything I've got / Jess Dobkin -- Commentary: The great refusal and the greater hope / Jill Dolan -- Excerpts from As the globe warms, an American soap opera in twelve acts / Heather Woodbury -- Commentary: Zooglossia, the unknown tongues of Heather Woodbury / Ann Pellegrini -- The others / Rachel Rosenthal.
Note Print version record.
Subject Animals in the performing arts.
Animal behavior.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- History & Criticism.
NATURE -- Animals -- General.
Animal behavior. (OCoLC)fst00809079
Animals in the performing arts. (OCoLC)fst00809593
Tiere. (DE-588)4060087-7
Darstellende Kunst. (DE-588)4129566-3
Performance Künste. (DE-588)4173750-7
Added Author Chaudhuri, Una, 1951- editor.
Hughes, Holly, 1955 March 10- editor.
Other Form: Print version: Animal acts. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2014] 9780472071999 (DLC) 2013040292 (OCoLC)857812662
ISBN 9780472901104 (electronic book)
0472901109 (electronic book)
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