© 2017

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201

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

About the editors

Elin Diamond is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, USA.

Denise Varney is Professor of Theatre Studies and co-director of the Australian Centre in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Candice Amich is Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times
  • Editors Elin Diamond
    Denise Varney
    Candice Amich
  • Series Title Contemporary Performance InterActions
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemporary Performance InterActions
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59809-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95582-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59810-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 315
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Performing Arts
    Contemporary Theatre
    Cultural Studies
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“This volume gathers powerful scholarship by a global roster of writers, also including Antje Budde, Sue-Ellen Case, Charlotte Canning, Sandra D’Urso, Sarah French, Rebecca Jennison, Aoife Monks, and Urmimala Sarkar Munsi. It details and analyses an extraordinary array of performance and art practices. It tells a resounding horror story about the global reach of neoliberalism, the disparity it brings, and the precarity it multiplies, especially for women. … it delivers the powerful, inspiring affect of feminist resilience and resistance.” (Jen Harvie, Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, Vol. 8 (2), 2020)