Resources - publications

A selection of books, magazines and journals. Some specifically address the issue of women in theatre/performance/art; others are general performance studies or practice-based books for theatre and performance makers which will be of general interest to anyone interested in 'total theatre' practice.

Journals and Magazines

Total Theatre Magazine
Quarterly magazine published by Total Theatre Network, dedicated to physical and visual theatre and performance. Focus on practice rather than theory

The Open Page
Published by The Magdalena Project; a journal of women's thoughts, questions and visions for theatre.
The Open Page aims to support the reflections of women working in theatre and to encourage them to write so as to start building their own memory and critical perspective within theatre history.

Dance Theatre Journal
Dedicated to dance-theatre, with some cross-over into mime and physical theatre. Published by Laban

Published by Fpoundation for Community Dance with the by-line Making Dance Matter.

The national magazine for developing participation in the arts

Puppet Notebook
Published by British Unima

Online magazine published by Puppet Centre Trust or

Writernet Bulletin
Published by writernet

Performance Research Journal
Published by CPR and Routledge
'The Dynamic Interchange between Scholarship & Practice'
General Editor: Richard Gough.
Full details of current issues are available on the dedicated Performance Research Journal web site at:

TDR: The Drama Review
Published by The MIT Press
Edited by Richard Schechner, TDR provides scholarship on performances and their social, economic and political context, wiith an emphasis on the experimental, avant-garde, intercultural and interdisciplinary.

International feminist art journal, Katy Deepwell (ed)
London: KT Press

Contemporary Theatre Review
UK: Harwood Academic Publishers


Abramovic, Marina, Artist Body: performances, 1969-1998, All But the Obvious: writing, visual art, performance, video by lesbians, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Contemporary Art exhibition, 1990

Allen, Paul, Art, Not Chance: nine artists diaries, London: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2001

Allen, Richard, Frances Banner, Lizbeth Goodman, Linda Jones, Catherine King (Eds), Imaging Women: cultural representations and gender, UK: Polity Press, 1992

Arcade, Penny, Nicole Eisenman, Nan Goldin, Riot Grrrl, Deborah Levy, Peggy Phelan (contributors), Bad Girls, ICA, 1994

Banes, Sally, Dancing Women, London: Routledge, 1998

Bayton, Mavis, Frock Rock: women performing popular music, Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1998

Bial, Henry ed. The Performance Studies Reader, London: Routledge, 2004

Blessing, Jennifer, Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1997

Blocker, Jane, Where is Ana Mendieta? Identity, Performance and Exile, USA: Duke University Press, 1998

Bradley, Jyll, Girl, Watching, London: Oberon Books, 2003

Case, Sue Ellen, Performing Feminisms: Feminist Critical Theory and Theatres, Baltimore: John Hopkins Press, 1990

Case, Sue Ellen, Split Britches: lesbian practice/feminist performance, London: Routledge, 1996

Case, Sue Ellen, The Domain Matrix: Performing Lesbian at the End of Print Culture, Indiana University Press, 1996

Chaikin, Joseph, The Presence of the Actor, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1972

Champagne, Leonora, Out from Under: Texts by Women Performance Artists, USA: Theatre Communications Group, 1990

Chapkis, Wendy, Live sex acts: women perfoming erotic labour, London: Cassell, 1997

Cousin, Geraldine, Recording Women: a documentation of six theatre productions, Amsterdam: Harwood Academic, Abingdon: Marston, 1999

Dehejia, Vidya (Ed), Representing the body: gender issues in Indian art, New Delhi: Kali for women in association with the Book Review Literary Trust, 1997

Derrida, Jacques, Writing and Difference, London: Routledge, 2001

Dolan, Jill, Presence & Desire: essays on gender, sexuality & performance, Ann Arbor / University of Michegan Press, 1993

Farfan, Penny, Women, modernism, and performance, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004

Fruch, Joanna, Erotic Faculties, University of Califronia Press, 1996

Fusco, Coco, The bodies that were not ours & other writings, London: Routledge, 2001

Goodman, Lizbeth, Contemporary Feminist Theatres, London: Routledge, 1993

Goodman, Lizbeth, Feminist Stages: interviews with women in contemporary British Theatre, UK: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1996

Goodman, Lizbeth (selected and introduced by), Mythic Women / Real Women: plays and performance pieces by women, London: Faber & Faber, 2000

Goodman, Lizbeth, Sexuality in Performance: replaying gender in theatre & culture, London: Routledge

Goodman, Lizbeth, The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance, London: Routledge, 1998

Goodman, Lizbeth & J. De Gay (eds) The Routledge Reader in Politics and Performance, London: Routledge, 2000

Gould, Polly, Manifestations: performing the word, 1998

Grotowski, Jerzy, Towards a Poor Theatre, ed. Eugenio Barba, London: Methuen Drama, 1991

Halprin, A. & Kaplan, R. (Ed.) Moving Towards Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance, Hanover and London, Wesleyan University Press, 1995

Hart, Lynda & Peggy Phelan (eds), Acting Out: Feminist Performances, Ann Arbor / University of Michigan Press, 1993

Heathfield, Adrian (ed) with Andrew Quick and Fiona Templeton, Shattered Anatomies: traces of the body in performance, UK: Arnolfini Live, 1997

Hinton, Laura & Cynthia Hogue (Ed), We who love to be astonished: experimental women's writing and performance poetics, Tuscaloosa; London: University of Alabama Press, c2002

Hyde, Sarah, Exhibiting Gender, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997

Jones, Amelia, Body Art / Performing the Subject, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998

Jones, Amelia (ed), The Feminism & Visual Culture Reader, London: Routledge, 2003

Jones, Amelia & Andrew Stephenson (eds), Performing the Body / Performing the Text, London: Routledge, 1999

Juno, Andrea, V. Vale (ed), Angry Women, USA: Re/Search Publications, 1991

Kaufmann, Linda S., Bad Girls and Sick Boys: Fantasies in Contemporary Art and Culture, University of California Press, 1993

Kelly, K (ed) Modern Drama by Women 1880s – 1930s, London: Routledge, 1996

Leigh Foster, Susan (ed), Corporealities: dancing knowledge, culture and power, London: Routledge, 1996

Liepe-Levinson, Katherine, Strip Show: performances of gender and desire, London: Routledge, 2002

Macdonald, Claire, Feminism and Performance Art: Histories and Strategies, London: Routledge, 2000

Mancio, Marie-Anne, Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings and contemporary Live Art practice, 1999

Marsh, Anne, Body & Self: Performance Art in Australia 1969-1992, Australia: OUP, 1993

Martin, Carol (ed) A Source Book of Feminist Theatre and Performance, London: Routledge, 1997

Montano, Linda M., Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties, Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000

O'Dell, Kathy, Contract with the Skin: masochism, performance art and the 1970s, Mineapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998

Pellegrini, Ann, Performance Anxieties: staging psychoanalysis, staging race, London: Routledge, 1997

Phelan, Peggy, Unmarked: the politics of performance, Routledge 1993

Phelan, Peggy, Mourning Sex: performing public memories, London: Routledge, 1997

Prenowitz, E., (ed) Selected Plays of Helene Cixous, London: Routledge, 2004

Ramirez, Elizabeth C., Chicanas/Latinas in American theatre: a history of performance, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c2000

Rapi, Nina & Maya Chowdry (eds) Acts of passion: sexuality, gender & performance, Haworth Press, 1998

Reckitt, Helen (Ed) & Peggy Phelan (Survey), Art and Feminism, London: Phaidon, 2001

Roth, Moira, The Amazing Decade: Women and performance art in America 1979-1980, Los Angeles: Astro Artz, 1983

Scarry, Elaine, The body in Pain: the making and unmaking of the world, Oxford: Oxford Universoty Press, 1985

Schneemann, Carolee, Imaging her Erotics, London: The Mitt Press, 2002

Schneider, Rebecca, The Explicit Body in Performance, London: Routledge, 1997

Tufnell, Miranda, and Chris Crickmay, Body Space Image, Hampshire: Dance Books Ltd, 1990

Ugwu, Catherine, Lets get it on the Politics of Black Performance, Bay Press, 1995

Warr, Tracey (Ed), Amelia Jones (survey), The Artists Body, London: Phaidon, 2000

Zarrilli, Phillip B., ed. Acting (Re)considered: Theories and Practices, London: Routledge, 1995