Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature (Paperback)Jennifer A. Kokai (author)
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Examining dramatic works in water and performances at four water parks, Kokai shows that the evolution of these works and performances helps us better understand our ever-changing relationship with the oceans and their inhabitants. Kokai sorts the regard for and harnessing of water in aquatic spectacles into three categories-natural, tamed, and domesticated-and discusses the ways in which these modes of water are engaged in the performances. Ultimately, this study links the uncritical love of aquatic spectacles to a disregard for the rights of marine animals and lack of concern for the marine environment.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
"Swim Pretty argues that aquatic spectacles perform ideological positions around race, gender, and ecology. With rigorous historical analysis and keen contemporary observations, Kokai constructs an acute understanding of the uneasy cohabitations of capitalism and nature; animal and human; and tourism, pedagogy, and entertainment. She dives beneath the surface of unexplored cultural waters and comes up with a treasure trove of information and insights about these ubiquitous spectacles. Readable and fascinating."--Jill Dolan, author of Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theater