To study performance in culture is to experience culture in action, culture as it is being created - in festivals, sermons, political speeches, elections, marriage ceremonies, war, and other events. Performance is enacted with the body and its senses, and sometimes with words. It is often done face to face, but mediated performances also exist. To pay attention to performance and the performative aspects of culture is to attend to the evanescent, the moment of 'now' and how it responds to and recreates the 'then.' Performances are ephemeral, yet the stories that we tell about performance determine the foundational myths of society and personhood, including definitions of gender, ethnicity, race, nation, and subjectivity.
- Cultural preservation
- Verbal play
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)