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Drawing on the work of critical theorists such as Roland Barthes and Catherine Belsey, as well as queer theory and feminism, What the Body Cost reads against patriarchal and heteronormative tendencies in art history while providing a corrective to the established view that performance art is necessarily transgressive. Instead, Blocker suggests that the historiography of performance art is a postmodern lovers' discourse in which practitioners, historians, and critics alike fervently seek the body while doubting it can ever be found.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816643189
ISBN-10: 0816643180
Format: Hardback
(261mm x 182mm x 17mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 28-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jane Blocker

Jane Blocker is assistant professor of art history at the University of Minnesota and author of Where Is Ana Mendieta? Identity, Performativity, and Exile (1999).

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