Notes for Decolonizing Embodiment

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In this essay, I offer notes toward decolonizing embodiment through an examination of the concept of embodied arts and its potential to exceed and productively destabilize theatrical scholarship. I begin with a discussion of embodiment as the key term underpinning the notion of embodied arts. In the second section, I survey some recent examples of decolonial thought, asking how these works both rely upon and trouble the idea of embodiment as previously defined. Finally I confront a difficult problem that demands attention from performance studies, embodiment theory, and decolonial praxis alike: the (im)possibility of decolonizing white bodies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-22
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


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