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Gender: New Works, New Questions

Book Cover - Animal Acts: Performing Species Today Animal Acts: Performing Species Today edited by Holly Hughes and Una Chaudhuri

Monday, November 11, 2014
4:00 p.m.
2239 Lane Hall,
204 S. State Street

Holly Hughes (Theatre & Drama, Art & Design, Women's Studies)
Irina Aristarkhova (Art & Design, Women's Studies)
Clare Croft (Dance)
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (Women’s Studies, American Culture, Latina/o Studies)

We all have an animal story--the pet we loved, the wild animal that captured our childhood imagination, the deer the neighbor hit while driving. While scientific breakthroughs in animal cognition, the effects of global climate change and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary field of animal studies have complicated things, such stories remain a part of how we tell the story of being human.

Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (University of Michigan Press, 2014) is a collection of animal themed performance scripts by influential artists including Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Joseph Keckler, Carmelita Tropicana and Holly Hughes accompanied by commentaries by leading scholars in the fields of animal and performance studies. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and other issues central to the human project within the discourse of the "post human."

Gender: New Works, New Questions draws attention to new works that engage gender and sexuality, and are produced by U-M faculty members.

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