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Drawing a Circle in the Square: Street Performing in New York's Washington Square Park - Sally Harrison-Pepperk

Drawing a Circle in the Square: Street Performing in New York's Washington Square Park - Sally Harrison-Pepperk

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This gratifying study of a phenomenon that has imprinted itself upon the folklore of big - city life is a joyful book focusing upon the street performers in Washington Square Park in New York City. While documenting the complex expressions of street performance in a specific outdoor environment over a period of four years, Drawing a Circle in a Square gives a broad examination to the relationship between outdoor performance and urban culture. In this book we learn that most American cities prohibit street performance, charging such entertainers with vagrancy or soliciting, the performer - joyfully, cautiously, heroically - persists. On sidewalks throughout the country, in theatres reduced to their barest essentials, the performer juggles, blows fires, performs magic, and tell jokes, appealing both to our sense of humor and to our longing for a moment of spontaneity in our city - structured lives. Drawing a Circle in the Square is the first scholarly documentation and analysis of street performance. Based primarily upon original research, it makes a contribution that is as much toward a particular subject. Promoting the study of performance as an important and valuable vehicle for inter-disciplinary research and thought, it is a model of the kinds of research being developed in the emerging field of performance studies.

USED, Hardcover w/Dust Jacket, 159 pages  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Former owner has pasted his nameplate, as well as small photos of the magicians that are mentioned throughout this book, on the inside front cover & onto facing page.  There may also be a colored dot on the spine, by which he indexed his collection, as well as underlining throughout.  THIS IS A USED BOOK, and the listed price reflects these possibilities.

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