Performing #MeToo

How Not to Look Away

Edited by Judith Rudakoff

Performing #MeToo

Edited by Judith Rudakoff

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

276 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781789383812 Will Publish March 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
In October 2017, a wave of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein prompted an outpouring of similar stories on Twitter and beyond, all bound by the same hashtag: #MeToo. The phrase, initially coined by activist Tarana Burke in 2006, reverberated across the internet and invigorated a movement. The essays in this volume engage with many of the performative interpretations of and responses to the #MeToo movement and invite reflection, discussion, and action. 

Written by an international group of scholars and artists, the essays bring a global perspective to discussions on topics at the intersection of the #MeToo movement and the performing arts, including celebrity feminism, the practice of protest as a coping mechanism, misogynistic speech, the politics of performance, rehearsing and performing intimacy, and more. Contributors highlight works they have performed, witnessed, or studied, offering analysis and nuance while creating an archive of a powerful cultural moment. 
Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Judith Rudakoff

  1. “Vital Acts of Transfer”: #MeToo and the Performance of Embodied Knowledge

Shana MacDonald

  1. Bite the Bullet: The Practice of Protest as a Coping Mechanism

Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga

  1. Resisting Theatre: The Political in the Performative

Effie Samara

  1. Supporting Brave Spaces for Theatre-Makers Post-#MeToo: A Chicago-Based Study on Rehearsing and Performing Intimacy in Theatre

Susan Fenty Studham

  1. We Get It: Calling Out Sexism and Harassment in Australia’s Live Performance Industry

Sarah Thomasson

  1. Toward the Origin of Performing #MeToo: Franca Rame’s The Rape as an Example of Personal and Political Theatre/Therapy

Laura Peja and Fausto Colombo

  1. The Royal Court in the Wake of #MeToo

Catriona Fallow and Sarah Jane Mullan

  1. Dissident Solidarities: Power, Pedagogy, Care

Swati Arora

  1. Conversations with Noura: Iraqi American Women and a Response to A Doll’s House

Mary P. Caulfield

  1. #MeToo Theatre Women Share Their Stories

Yvette Heyliger

  1. Les Zoubliettes: Raging through Laughter—a Feminist Disturbance

Sonia Norris

  1. “I’m the person to speak about myself”: Self-Declaration, Reversal of Power, and Solidarity in The Red Book

Yuh J. Hwang

Appendix: A Primer on the International #MeToo Movement

Elise A. LaCroix

Biographies of Contributors

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