AN INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE STUDIES

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17:21 AN INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE STUDIES *interest, understanding, and memory are three aspects of public speaking.  * per-form: follow the form I. Intro to Performance Discipline (what scholars would do) A.  Richard Schechner’s focus The field is wide open.  Human values are from social agreement.   (endoxa) Values are a FUNCTION of culture.  They belong to ideology.  Every culture gives  you their preferred outlook. There is no single source of values; they are not monolithic and never change;  they do change.   One person’s freedom can be another person’s oppression (ex: dueling proverbs:  “Birds of a feather flock together, but opposites attract.                    B.  Identity, an important element.  Performance cannot avoid the individual.  How you interpret things depends on  your background.   C. P.S. is vast in scope.   II. What is Performance Studies? The Study of Performance; you study what people perform.      
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*We will not give a FINAL definition for performance studies: you can’t finally  define the term.   Some basic Assumptions:  P.S. examines behavior  as an object of study.   What are people doing?  Not exactly what they SAY they are doing.  Both need to  be looked at.   P.S. involves doing  performance U can’t easily observe something without being a part of it.  You need to join in.  Do this in order to participate with the people doing the behaviors. 
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