Performance and Professional Wrestling

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Broderick Chow, Eero Laine, Claire Warden
Taylor & Francis, Aug 12, 2016 - Performing Arts - 226 pages
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Performance and Professional Wrestling is the first edited volume to consider professional wrestling explicitly from the vantage point of theatre and performance studies. Moving beyond simply noting its performative qualities or reading it via other performance genres, this collection of essays offers a complete critical reassessment of the popular sport.

Topics such as the suspension of disbelief, simulation, silence and speech, physical culture, and the performance of pain within the squared circle are explored in relation to professional wrestling, with work by both scholars and practitioners grouped into seven short sections:

  • Audience
  • Circulation
  • Lucha
  • Gender
  • Queerness
  • Bodies
  • Race

A significant re-reading of wrestling as a performing art, Performance and Professional Wrestling makes essential reading for scholars and students intrigued by this uniquely theatrical sport.

 

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Contents

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1
Part I Audience
7
Part II Circulation
37
Part III Lucha
57
Part IV Gender
83
Part V Queerness
105
Part VI Bodies
141
Part VII Race
163
The game of life
196
Bibliography
207
Index
223
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About the author (2016)

Broderick Chow is a Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London, and an active performance practitioner.

Eero Laine is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Claire Warden is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at De Montfort University.

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