0 Items $0.00

Please call 626-449-5320 to check the availability of this item. 

Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity (Hardcover)

Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity Cover Image
$104.95
Special Order - Subject to Availability

Description


In this bold, innovative work, Dorinne Kondo theorizes the racialized structures of inequality that pervade theater and the arts. Grounded in twenty years of fieldwork as dramaturg and playwright, Kondo mobilizes critical race studies, affect theory, psychoanalysis, and dramatic writing to trenchantly analyze theater's work of creativity as theory: acting, writing, dramaturgy. Race-making occurs backstage in the creative process and through economic forces, institutional hierarchies, hiring practices, ideologies of artistic transcendence, and aesthetic form. For audiences, the arts produce racial affect--structurally over-determined ways affect can enhance or diminish life. Upending genre through scholarly interpretation, vivid vignettes, and Kondo's original play, Worldmaking journeys from an initial romance with theater that is shattered by encounters with racism, toward what Kondo calls reparative creativity in the work of minoritarian artists Anna Deavere Smith, David Henry Hwang, and the author herself. Worldmaking performs the potential for the arts to remake worlds, from theater worlds to psychic worlds to worldmaking visions for social transformation.

About the Author


Dorinne Kondo is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Anthropology at the University of Southern California and author of About Face: Performing Race in Fashion and Theater and Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781478000730
ISBN-10: 1478000732
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: December 27th, 2018
Pages: 376
Language: English

Follow us on social media!

Facebook Logo (blue background with white lower case f) Twitter Logo (teal background with a white lowercase t) Instagram Logo (white camera outline with orange, blue and purple tie-dye background)