Congruence and Contestation: Contemporary Feminism and Performance

  • Nina-Marie Gardner (Participant)

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Keynote speakers: Lynette Goddard, Royal Holloway University of London and Geraldine Harris, University of Lancaster. A symposium hosted by the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance at Roehampton University to provide an opportunity to take stock of current performance activity both in the UK and abroad and consider: -How we theorise ‘feminism’ and ‘performance’ as contemporary scholars. -The relative usefulness of the term ‘feminist’ given criticisms that Western feminism has been uncritically exclusionary and might be considered, as Claire Hemmings has warned, ‘anachronistic in this era of “post-poststructuralism”’ (Hemmings 2011: 26). -The problematics of ‘performance’ – according to Elaine Aston and Geraldine Harris, Butler’s ground-breaking Gender Trouble has had the unfortunate effect in Theatre and Performance Studies of creating a troublesome slippage between performance and performativity. They argue that ‘performativity’ is now, ‘interchangeable with the terms performance and/or theatrical’, a phenomenon which ‘fosters the illusion that all ‘repetitions’ of gender roles in these (theatrical) sites are equally ‘resistant’ (Aston and Harris 2006:11).

Paper: 'Narcissistic narratives as performance/Performing modernist women’s feminist metafiction'.
Period4 Sept 2015
Event typeOther