'Performing Remains' explores the role of the fake, the false and the faux in contemporary theatre. Divided into seven essays, it examines both contemporary and historical performance with a wide scope, questioning the importance of representation and reassessing the ritual value of failure.
"At last, the past has arrived! Performing Remains is Rebecca Schneider's authoritative statement on a major topic of interest to the field of theatre and performance studies. It extends and consolidates her pioneering contributions to the field through its interdisciplinary method, vivid writing, and stimulating polemic. Performing Remains has been eagerly awaited, and will be appreciated now and in the future for its rigorous investigations into the aesthetic and political potential of reenactments." - Tavia Nyong'o, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University "Over the past years I have often wondered where the big, important, paradigm-changing book about re-enactment is: Schneider' s book seems to me to be that book. Her work is challenging,thoughtful and innovative and will set the agenda for study in a number of areas for the next decade." - Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester "Like a blast from the future, Performing Remains is a mind-bending, time-tripping exploration of the folds between the live and the mediated, once and again, what is passed through and what is still here. Rebecca Schneider has written a vital and revitalizing book, which will redefine the kinds of questions we can ask with performance and performance studies." - Ann Pellegrini, New York University "This is a strikingly original, medidative study. Taking up the question of re-performance or re-enactment, Schneider ranges widely over the contemporary scene of performance, taking in a quite astonishing range of materials-contemporary plays, disciplinary concerns in the field of performance studies, the work of experimental companies, photography, protest, and more. In the strongest sense, this book presents a richly provocative mimesis of thought, in which a major critic deftly and productively follows important questions where they lead. It's an inimitable performance, but one that will be deeply and gratefully mined by its readers." - W. B. Worthen, Barnard College, Columbia University