By James M. Harding
---Charlotte Canning, The collage of Texas at Austin
"Harding forcefully demanding situations and destabilizes the male-centered Eurocentric family tree of the avant-garde, which he claims is an uncontested, linear, positivistic historical past, unproblematized by means of conception. Then he argues that this gendered biased model of the ecu avant-garde is carried over into American historiography . . . A forceful case for a revisionist history."
---Daniel Gerould, town collage of recent York Graduate Center
Cutting Performances demanding situations 4 a long time' worthy of scholarship at the American avant-garde by means of providing a provocative reconceptualization of the historical past of avant-garde functionality alongside feminist traces. targeting 5 girls artists (Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Gertrude Stein, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, and Valerie Solanas) whose functionality aesthetics made popular use of college ideas, James M. Harding sheds mild at the cultural heritage of the avant-garde and the function that experimental girls artists performed in that historical past. He investigates the well-known place that college method occupied in the artists' functionality aesthetic, and the decisively feminist inflection that their paintings provides to university as a style of avant-garde expression. the novel juxtapositions of their works produce the robust results of constructing the normal unusual and developing contexts from which new understandings could emerge.
Harding examines the performative dimensions of university in experimental, feminist redefinitions of the literary, picture, and theatrical arts, filling a void in a scholarly discourse that, whereas ostensibly in regards to the leading edge, has lagged good at the back of different major theoretical and historiographical currents. Cutting Performances not just demanding situations assumptions that experience ruled scholarship at the American avant-garde but in addition establishes a context to reconsider the background of yank avant-garde functionality alongside feminist traces. it's going to attract audiences drawn to theater historical past and function stories in addition to these attracted to the cultural heritage of the avant-garde and the function that feminist experimental artists have performed in it.
James M. Harding is Professor of English on the collage of Mary Washington. His different books contain Not the opposite Avant-Garde: Transnational Foundations of Avant-Garde Performance (with John Rouse); Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theaters and Their Legacies (with Cindy Rosenthal); and Contours of the Theatrical Avant-Garde: functionality and Textuality.
Illustration: Carolee Schneemann in Eye Body-36 Transformative Actions (1963) motion for digital camera (Photograph by way of Erró ). Reproduced by way of permission of Carolee Schneemann.
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Cutting Performances: Collage Events, Feminist Artists, and the American Avant-Garde (Theater: Theory/Text/Performance) by James M. Harding