This book sheds light on the critical role that women artists have played in the evolution of the American avant-garde. ""Cutting Performances"" boldly challenges four decades of scholarship to revise the history of American avant-garde performance. Focusing on the modernist period, the book explores the work of five celebrated women artists whose performance aesthetics make prominent use of collage techniques - Elsa von Freytag-Loring-hoven, Gertrude Stein, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, and Valerie Solanas - to reveal how their work gave a decisively feminist inflection to collage as a mode of avant-garde expression. Drawing upon broadly conceptualized notions of collage aesthetics and performance art, this impressively interdisciplinary work will appeal to anyone interested in the cultural history of the avant-garde and the role that feminist experimental artists have played in it.
James M. Harding is Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington. His other books include Not the Other Avant-Garde: The Transnational Foundations of Avant-Garde Performance (with John Rouse), Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theaters and Their Legacies (with Cindy Rosenthal), and Contours of the Theatrical Avant-Garde: Performance and Textuality.