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Performances Paperback – September 30, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0226142982 ISBN-10: 0226142981 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (September 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226142981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226142982
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Greg Dening is the most brilliant ethno-historian writing today. His work combines rigor; intellectual intensity, and a unique personal presence. Performances is a wonderful sampling of his profound reflections on the mythic structures we call 'history.'' - -- Stephen Greenblatt, University of California, Berkeley

'Performances is both more personal and more panoramic than Dening's other books. No one reflects so spiritedly on history and anthropology in and as each other. His gripping essays show Polynesians and Europeans being processed and mangled into theatrical meanings, past and present.' - -- James Boon, Princeton University

'This work is erudite, entertaining, and aesthetically satisfying. Dening's prose is often lyrical and frequently startling either by its humour or its sudden insightfulness. His reflexive historiographic style all hangs our wonderfully and coherently.' - -- Marshall Sahlins, author of How 'Natives' Think --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Greg Dening is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. His previous works include Islands and Beaches, The Death of William Gooch and the prize-winning Mr Bligh's Bad Language. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mads Clausen on April 18, 2000
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Greg Dening's Performances is a magical book, wide in scope, lucidly written and boldly imagined. Dening's writing is simply a joy to behold, and the central tenets of this work are refreshingly innovative. Although Dening's scholarship and the work in question both concentrate on Pacific history, this book remains crucial to anyone interested in the workings of historiography and the construction of (national) identities. The best recommendation of Dening's work might thus be its capacity to open new perspectives on areas quite unrelated to his field of work.
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