New book by Shannon Jackson explores 'social and aesthetic practice of performance'

June 24, 2022

Back Stages, released this week by Northwestern University Press, is a collection of 20 essays spanning the career of Professor Shannon Jackson.

"Jackson explores a range of disciplinary, institutional, and political puzzles that engage the social and aesthetic practice of performance in this collection of twenty essential essays spanning her career," according to the publisher.

In praising the book, fellow UC Berkeley faculty member Judith Butler writes: "Jackson shows us through detailed and persuasive readings and commentaries how performance challenged us to rethink the ties that bind us, the primacy of labor and social practices, the requirement for infrastructures that should support bodily life."

Learn more about Back Stages on the Northwestern University Press website.

Shannon Jackson is the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary TheaterSocial Works: Performing Art, Supporting PublicsProfessing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity; and Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, Hull-House Domesticity. Her writing has also appeared in dozens of museum catalogs, journals, and edited collections. Jackson has received numerous awards, including a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and she serves on the board of the Kramlich Art Foundation and the Oakland Museum of California, among others.

"Back Stages" by Shannon Jackson