Modernist Disguise. Masquerade in Modern Performance and Visual Culture

Modernist Disguise. Masquerade in Modern Performance and Visual Culture

by Ron J Popenhagen

Edinburgh University Press:

ISBN 978—4744-7005-6

 Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernism, Drama and Performance

This series of monographs extends our understanding of performance and Modernism by stressing the relationships between them and initiates new conversations between scholars, theatre and performance artists, and students. Series Editor: Olga Taxidou, University of Edinburgh

 ‘Spanning modernism this book affords a refreshed lens on masquerade as character play, embodiment and theatricality. A timely argument for amplified attention to disguise, bodyscapes and performative aspects of the image in this chaotic and unpredictable world.’ Kim Snepvangers, University of New South Wales, Sydney: Art & Design

This book highlights that masquerade can be regarded as a distinct genre of performance activity that employs elements of the carnivalesque, circus, dance, gestural theatre and theatre of objects. Popenhagen traces artistic disguising from fin de siècle Pierrots in Paris, Marseille and Vienna to early twentieth-century masquerading in Moscow and Zürich. He explores identity play and display through the complementary

lenses of image studies, cultural history and performance theory.

Ron J. Popenhagen is Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Performance at California

State University.