Download Acts of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and by Sheila C. Moeschen PDF

By Sheila C. Moeschen

Acts of Conspicuous Compassion investigates the connection among functionality tradition and the cultivation of charitable sentiment in the United States, exploring the precise practices that experience developed to make the plea for charity legible and compelling. From the paintings of 19th-century melodramas to the televised drama of transformation and redemption in truth TV’s severe Makeover: domestic variation, Acts of Conspicuous Compassion charts the delicate ideas hired by way of quite a few charity routine liable for making geared up benevolence eye-catching, intriguing, and possible uncomplicated.

Sheila C. Moeschen agents a brand new approach of accounting for the legacy and involvement of disabled humans inside of charity—specifically, the articulation of functionality tradition as a necessary theoretical framework for discussing problems with embodiment and id dislodges formerly held notions of the disabled current as passive, “objects” of pity. This paintings offers upward thrust to a extra advanced and nuanced dialogue of the participation of the disabled neighborhood within the charity undefined, of the possibilities afforded through functionality tradition for disabled humans to behave as severe brokers of charity, and of the hot moral and political matters that come up from utilizing functionality method in a tradition with elevated appetites for voyeurism, reveal, and intricate spectacle.

Show description

Read Online or Download Acts of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and American Charity Practices PDF

Similar theater books

No Acting Please: A Revolutionary Approach to Acting and Living

A set of one hundred twenty five performing workouts which are in line with magazine excerpts and dialogues from Mr. Morris' sessions. those routines train the actor to systematically get rid of his or her instrumental stumbling blocks -- tensions, fears, inhibitions -- and discover the "being" country, the place the actor does not more and a minimum of what she or he feels.

Thomas Hardy on Stage

'Meticulously researched and lucidly written, this quantity will most probably develop into and stay the definitive examine of the background of works Hardy tailored for the level and of the Hardy avid gamers who, generally, played them. ' - John J. Conlon, English Literature in Transition 'Much new examine informs this primary full-length research of Hardy's involvement in degree productions according to his personal works.

Verwisch die Spuren! : Bertolt Brecht's work and legacy : a reassessment

This quantity provides a cross-section of present Brecht experiences, reflecting numerous methods and views starting from distinct exegesis of specific texts to cultural feedback within the broadest feel. It offers analyses of Brecht's paintings and investigates his pervasive impression in twentieth century literature.

Extra info for Acts of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and American Charity Practices

Sample text

With educational asylums for deaf/dumb and blind people already established in London, Scotland, and France, Gallaudet traveled to Europe in 1815 to learn their pedagogical methods. In London, Gallaudet encountered the Abbé Sicard, the premier instructor of deaf/dumb subjects in France, and Sicard’s two pupils, Laurent Clerc and Jean Massieu. After studying with Sicard and his students, Gallaudet invited Clerc to accompany him to Connecticut to assist him in building an American institution for deaf people.

Performance permitted administrators to mediate this tension by recreating the same type of sentimental dynamics evident in the melodrama. Witnessing their emotional performances in this way, spectators could, once again, affectively participate in the spectacle of need while also displaying their own sentimental fidelity. Likewise, the artificial nature of the event, the sense of students recast as authentic performers of their own disabilities, alleviated the contention brought about by a patron’s identification with the deaf/dumb pupil to instead promote Dramatizing Distress 45 the same type of experience outlined by Smith: the spectator was helped to imaginatively associate with the person in need vis-­à-­vis theatrical devices yet remained aware of his or her own subject position as an able-­bodied, unafflicted citizen.

Asylum administrators navigated a tenuous balance between highlighting progress, and by extension autonomy, and maintaining the necessity for assistance. Performance permitted administrators to mediate this tension by recreating the same type of sentimental dynamics evident in the melodrama. Witnessing their emotional performances in this way, spectators could, once again, affectively participate in the spectacle of need while also displaying their own sentimental fidelity. Likewise, the artificial nature of the event, the sense of students recast as authentic performers of their own disabilities, alleviated the contention brought about by a patron’s identification with the deaf/dumb pupil to instead promote Dramatizing Distress 45 the same type of experience outlined by Smith: the spectator was helped to imaginatively associate with the person in need vis-­à-­vis theatrical devices yet remained aware of his or her own subject position as an able-­bodied, unafflicted citizen.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.14 of 5 – based on 40 votes