Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (Hardback)
  • Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (Hardback)

Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (Hardback)

Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 25/11/1999
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The most comprehensive volume on performance art from the Americas to have appeared in English, Corpus Delecti is a unique collection of historical and critical studies of contemporary Latin performance. Drawing on live art from the 1960s to the present day, these fascinating essays explore the impact of Latin American politics, popular culture and syncretic religions on Latin performance.
Including contributions by artists as well as scholars, Fusco's collection bridges the theory/practice divide and discusses a wide variety of genres. Among them are:
* body art
* carpa
* vaudeville
* staged political protest
* tropicalist musical comedies
* contemporary Venezuelan performance art
* the Chicano Art movement
* queer Latino performance
The essays demonstrate how specific social and historical contexts have shaped Latin American performance. They also show how those factors have affected the choices artists make, and how their work draw upon and respond to their environment.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415194532
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 25 mm

""Corpus Delecti explodes...stereotypes, not by browbeating the Angloreader...but by offering a 'panorama' of perspectives on Latin American art.."
-"PAJ; A Journal of Performance and Art, Jennie Klein
"What is most notable about these essays the degree to which they simultaneously address issues of cultureal and/or national specificity and avant-garde art production....."
-"PAJ; A Journal of Performance and Art, Jennie Klein
""Corpus Delecti is an important book for the history of performance art....."
-"PAJ; A Journal of Performance and Art, Jennie Klein
""Corpus Delecti details the forgotten past that must now be remembered, and suggests one way in which performance scholars can indeed begin to imagine a post-theatrical, post-anthropological age.."
-"PAJ; A Journal of Performance and Art, Jennie Klein
"The reader gains a visceral sense of a corporeal, very human landscape, a vernacular theatricality, and latinindad or different modes of Latin(a) performativity. A vivid, useful, tonally various and sometimes confrontational introduction.."
-S. Golub, "Choice

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