Performance Interventions

A Good Night Out for the Girls

Popular Feminisms in Contemporary Theatre and Performance

Authors: Aston, E., Harris, G.

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About this book

Moving across the boundaries of mainstream and experimental circuits, from the affective pleasures of commercially successful shows such as Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia! to the feminist possibilities of new burlesque and stand-up, this book offers a lucid and accessible account of popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance.

About the authors

ELAINE ASTON and GERALDINE HARRIS are theatre professors based at Lancaster University, UK. Elaine's publications include Feminist Views on the English Stage (2003) and Caryl Churchill (3rd edition, 2010). Geraldine's previous publications include Staging Femininities (1999) and Beyond Representation: The Politics and Aesthetics of Television Drama (2006). Together they have co-edited Feminist Futures: Theatre, Performance, Theory (2006) and co-authored Performance Practice and Process: Contemporary [Women] Practitioners (2008).

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“It offers very personal accounts from both Aston and Harris as to their own experiences both as feminist scholars and performance spectators, making this a valuable addition to the fields of feminist studies and performance studies. … The personal, woman-centred tone deftly reflects the complex nature of the theoretical positions, performances and audiences being discussed.” (Cath Badham, Platform Postgraduate Journal of Theatre Arts, Vol. 10 (1), 2016) 

'Elaine Aston's and Geraldine Harris's A Good Night Out For the Girls offers timely and theoretically savvy explications of the feminist potential within a surprisingly eclectic array of traditionally mainstream performance genres...Their introduction is an account of the field of feminist performance scholarship, and a pointed assessment of the challenges inherent to this historic moment when concrete definitions of feminism are elusive; it is indispensable to any study of feminist theatre.' - Christine Woodworth, Broadside: A Newsletter of the Theatre Library Association

'From two of the most accomplished and inspiring critics in the field of theatre and performance studies comes this book about popular entertainment and performance for women... Arising from this book is a renewed sense of the feminist possibilities of performance to connect with the lived experience of an audience, and to repair the fragmentation of women's experience in the creation of enjoyment. The community of audience in the process of connection and response to the show on stage becomes an image of possible solidarity between women in the world outside the theatre. How this energy and joy operated in the wider social and political world is not within the authors' realm of analysis, but the theatre or performance space as a space of "impossible possibilities" is affirmed. The book itself reflects a sense of potential; it is stimulating, scholarly and highly enjoyable to read.' - Catherine Leeney, Journal of Contemporary Drama in English

'Although it contains discussion and analyses of a large variety of performances, the multifarious character of A Good Night Out for the Girls provides an extraordinary account of contemporary popular theatre and performance and it should become essential reading for those interested both in popular feminism and in having a great night out (or in) with the girls.' - Carmen Szabo, Theatre Research International


'A fascinating, boundary-crossing book that combines the personal with the scholarly in exciting new ways. For this reader, the book provided a really good girls' night in.' - Susan Bassnett, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Warwick, UK

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Good Night Out for the Girls

    Elaine, (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

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  • Jam and Jerusalem/Sentimentality and Feminism: Calendar Girls

    Elaine,

    Pages 23-43

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  • Roaring Women and Class Acts: The Naked Truth and the Chippendales’ Ultimate Girls Night Out

    Gerry,

    Pages 44-69

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  • Age Liberation: Susan Boyle, ‘Grumpy Old Women’ and Virginia Ironside’s Monologues

    Elaine,

    Pages 70-92

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  • Once More with Feeling: Joanna Murray-Smith’s The Female of the Species and Nic Green’s Trilogy

    Gerry,

    Pages 93-113

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Hardcover 73,84 €
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Softcover 21,09 €
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Softcover 40,08 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Good Night Out for the Girls
Book Subtitle
Popular Feminisms in Contemporary Theatre and Performance
Authors
Series Title
Performance Interventions
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30014-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137300140
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-28103-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-32799-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-51820-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 218
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