Abstract

How can performance studies sharpen our modes of historical analysis and writing? This essay proposes “three theses” that demonstrate the multifold ways in which attention to performance, theatrical and social, can highlight aspects of cultural, political, and festive life in the hybrid spaces of empire that that would otherwise be ignored. Performance, for historians and critics, functions in this sense as both optic and event: a methodological lens through which meanings can be conveyed as well as an act of cultural transfer, an embodied form of creating, preserving, or transmitting knowledge, memory, and history.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 375-390
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-06
Open Access
No
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