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Alfred University theatre professor receives publishing contract from Routledge

Niki Tulk
Niki Tulk

Alfred University Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Niki Tulk recently received a book contract from Routledge to publish a monograph titled Performing the Wound: Practicing a Feminist Theatre of Becoming.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Niki Tulk recently received a book contract from Routledge to publish a monograph titled Performing the Wound: Practicing a Feminist Theatre of Becoming.

Tulk describes the book as “a monograph exploring the intersection of trauma studies, feminist and gender studies, visual studies, art history, performance studies and decolonization.” Following is the abstract of Performing the Wound: Practicing a Feminist Theatre of Becoming, which will be published in 2022:

“In creating work about trauma, makers must be both mindful and curious as to what strategies serve the stories being told—and those who will witness them. Ann Hamilton, Renée Green and Cecilia Vicuña each engage in a multi-modal, or “combination” performance practice; their work invites an investigation into the capacities that performance and its relationship with the body, text, materials and space can have in which to create a matrixial, body-/feminist-centered space. Their works demonstrate performance strategies for creating an encounter with wounds that might draw communities together: in a critical empathy that foregrounds the body, and our innate connection with other humans as subjects in their own right, possessing wounds that echo our own. Each case study expands the possibilities of performing absence and grief, which in turn holds the potential to work as a political act that opens up space for repressed voices. And in this space, there stands a chance of art being able to play a role in healing. Drawing on the work of these artists and chosen theorists, this book then outlines a series of qualities that may be utilized to develop a healing-centered, feminist poetics of performance around trauma-telling.”

Routledge is a multinational publisher specializing in the humanities, performance studies, social sciences, arts, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).