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Showing Off, Showing Up : Studies of Hype, Heightened Performance, and Cultural Power - (Paperback)

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The 12 essays in this volume consider performances that rely on competition and judgment, active spectatorship, embodied excess, and exposure of core values and hidden truths, often involving over-the-top heightening and skewing of presentation. They illustrate how this is different from other understandings of performance, arguing that cultural work is being done through the revealing of signs and symbols. They examine acts of showing when it includes hyped-up elements, competition with heightened stakes, vested interests, pushing the categories of the natural, and revealing social truths and ambivalences by what is hinted at, not shown, hidden, or disguised, in examples like horse shows, wild animal shows, Shamu and the commodification of killer whales, posters about late 19th-century melodrama, carnivals, the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Muslim clothing, amateur pornography, competitive dancing, ghost tours, Princess Beatrice’s hat at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and striptease, and how these events foster competition, exaggerate a characteristic, and reveal or expose hidden truths. Contributors work in theatre, performance studies, American studies, Latin American studies, anthropology, women’s studies, and English in the US and Canada. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 328
Genre: Literary Criticism, Drama
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
Language: English
Street Date: May 18, 2017
TCIN: 52769737
UPC: 9780472053469
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-5022
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