Performance Art & Related Theory

This is an initial list of reference texts for the course. Items will be added throughout the semester. Students will be exposed to these texts through exercises and discussions.

Reading every text in this list is not a requirement of this course.

Berger, John, et al. Ways of Seeing. London: Penguin Books, 1977.

Breder, Hans. Intermedia: Enacting the Liminal. Edited by Klaus-Peter Busse et al. Dortmunder Schriften zur Kunst, 2005.

Bishop, Claire. Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and The Politics of Spectatorship. London: Verso, 2012.

Blocker, Jane. Where is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile. Durham: Duke University Press, 1999.

DeFrantz, Thomas F. Black Performance Theory. Edited by Anita Gonzalez et al. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.

Drucker, Johanna. Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Federici, Silvia. Caliban and the Witch: Women, The Body and Primitive Accumulation. New York: Autonomedia, 2004.

Foster, Susan Leigh. Choreographing Empathy: Kinesthesia in Performance. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Foucault, Michel. Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison. New York: Random House, Inc, 1995.

Higgins, Dick. “Intermedia.” The Something Else Newsletter 1, no. 1 (Winter 1966): 1-4.

Grosz, Elizabeth. Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

McPhee, John. In Suspect Terrain. New York: The Noonday Press, 1991.

Murphy, Jacqueline Shea. The People Have Never Stopped Dancing: Native American Modern Dance Histories. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Noland, Carrie. Migrations of Gesture. Edited by Sally Ann Ness et al. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Rohman, Carrie. Choreographies of the Living: Bioaesthetics in Literature, Art, and Performance. New York: Oxford  University Press, 2018.

Fusco, Coco. English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas. New York: The New Press, 1995.

For additional resources:

Mo Dawley, Senior Librarian & Liaison to the School of Art and School of Drama,

Martin Aurand, Principal Architecture Librarian & Archivist,

Jessica Benner, Computer Science, CyLab, GIS, HCII, INI, ISR, Robotics Librarian,