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|Named Person:||Jane Addams|
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|Description:||viii, 371 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
"Developing a concept of "reformance" as a process that both restores and resists conventional behavior, Jackson demonstrates how performance analysis can contribute to the historical study of American reform as well as to critical inquiry on the arts and social change. She develops connections between performativity and sex/gender difference by interpreting Hull-House as a sphere of queer kinship and alternative gender performance. Lines of Activity also engages a variety of debates on the nature of historical representation and the role of theory in historical writing.".
"By selecting the Progressive Era and Hull-House as arenas of inquiry, Jackson foregrounds how past discourses of domesticity, pragmatism, transnationalism, and environmentalism already contain performance-centered notions of identity, space, and community. Through these and other arguments, Lines of Activity reveals the intimate connection between a history of Hull-House performance and the performance of Hull-House history." "This book contributes to the interdisciplinary field of performance studies while simultaneously demonstrating how performance studies engages the central questions and methods of related fields such as American Studies, sex/gender theory, cultural studies, literary theory, theater, folklore, and history."--BOOK JACKET.