Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times

  • Elin Diamond
  • Denise Varney
  • Candice Amich

Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Elin Diamond, Denise Varney, Candice Amich
    Pages 1-12
  3. Affect, Performance, and the Neoliberal State

  4. Violence and Performance Activism

  5. Global Spectacles

  6. Resistance and Theatre Politics

  7. Affect and Site-Specific Performance

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 309-315

About this book


This book is a provocative new study of global feminist activism that opposes neoliberal regimes across several sites including Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The feminist performative acts featured in the book contest the aggressive unravelling of collectively won gains in gender, sexual and racial equality, the appearance of new planes of discrimination, and the social consequences of political economies based on free market ideology. The investigations of affect theory follow the circulation of intensities – of political impingements on bodies, subjective and symbolic violence, and the shock of dispossession ¬– within and beyond individuals to the social and political sphere. Affect is a helpful matrix for discussing the volatile interactivity between performer and spectator, whether live or technologically mediated. Contending that there is no activism without affect, the collection brings back to the table the activist and hopeful potential of feminism.


feminist activism feminist performance affect theory performance activism political performance agitprop theatre political protest feminist protest street protest post-feminism site specific theatre female repression female empowerment cultural hegemony neoliberal ideology heteronormativity neoliberal individualism performance theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Elin Diamond
    • 1
  • Denise Varney
    • 2
  • Candice Amich
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EnglishRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.School of Culture and CommunicationUniversity of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
  3. 3.Department of EnglishVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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