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Performing the Wound: Practicing a Feminist Theatre of Becoming

Niki Tulk

This book offers a matrixial, feminist-centered analysis of trauma and performance, through examining the work of three artists: Ann Hamilton, Renée Green, and Cecilia Vicuña.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Jan 29th, 2024
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.41in - 0.61lb
  • EAN: 9780367644949
  • Categories: Theater - History & CriticismFeministIndividual Director

About the Author

Dr. Niki Tulk is an interdisciplinary artist and Director of Acting and Performance Studies at Plymouth State University. Her poetry book, O, won the 2021 Driftwood Poetry Prize (Driftwood Press). Find out more at

Praise for this book

'Among the existing literature, Performing the Wound foregrounds the place of trauma at the core of performance. Tulk persuasively moves away from the framing of art as spectacle and a site of voyeurism towards her conception of an ethical, truthful encounter as a space of human connection, a site of wit(h)nessing. This book puts forward a valuable, widely relevant theoretical framework for contemporary performance that could significantly enrich future practice and scholarly work on artists such as Otobong Nkanga (b. 1974), Alberta Whittle (b. 1980), Adela Goldbard (b. 1979), Doris Salcedo (b. 1958), and many others. Tulk's case studies demonstrate the fundamental experience of art through feeling before thinking. Her writing reveals a way of knowing through the body that cares deeply about the work and preserves its unsettledness and ultimate unknowability.' Ana Sol González Rueda, Sehepunkte

''Tulk's feminist analysis of trauma and performance provides an efficient way to mend not only the broken spirit of trauma survivors but also wounded societies. It also broadens the definition of theatre, propels the conversation between visual arts and trauma studies, and suggests a new direction in theories and practices of trauma performance. This is undoubtedly an important resource for artists and researchers in theatre and performance, trauma psychologists and philosophers of aesthetics. It is also commendable for theatre-goers in general as the vivid descriptions of the performances should facilitate their appreciation of the healing power of performing/performance arts.'' - Daizhao Zou, Theatre Research International