Reenactments & Performance: Building a Bibliography

The piles designated as “shelf-overflow” in our small apartment are growing as I begin accumulating more books for my research project on war reenactments. I had to create a one-page works cited for a recent abstract submission on the Gettysburg Sesquicentennial, but it is time for me to start building a more substantial list/Zotero library. The scope of this project will include Civil War and colonial-era war reenactments. I’m hoping to shamelessly crowd-source to help bulk up this bibliography (shout-outs to be included, of course), especially drawing on the expertise of performance studies colleagues. Suggest away.

Bibliography: War Reenactments & Performance

Anderson, Jay. Time Machines: The World of Living History. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1984.

Bishop, Claire. Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. London: Verso, 2012.

Shout-out to: Annie Dell’Aria – doctoral candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center – suggested that I check out scholarly responses (like Bishop’s) to Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave.

Bodnar, John. Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Dinshaw, Carolyn. How Soon Is Now?: Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

Shout-out to: Debra Hilborn – colleague, PhD candidate in Theatre at the GC, and medievalist extraordinaire. She thinks Dinshaw’s “discussion of how amateurs and hobbyists do time/history vs. ‘historians’ time'” might be relevant (as per her FB reply).

Dunning, Tom. “Civil War Re-enactments: Performance as a Cultural Practice.” Australasian Journal of American Studies 21, no. 1 (July 2002): 63-73.

Enders, Jody. “History Trouble: Reenactment and Pseudoperformativity at the Witch Festival of Nieuwpoort.” Theatre Journal 65, no. 2 (May 2013): 235-251.

Gapps, Stephen. “Mobile Monuments: A View of Historical Reenactment and Authenticity From Inside the Costume Cupboard of History.” Rethinking History 13, no. 3 (September 2009): 395-409.

Glassberg, David. Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001.

Horton, James Oliver and Louis E. Horton, editors. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Horwitz, Tony. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War. New York: Vintage, 1998.

Kammen, Michael. Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture. New York: Knopf, 1991.

Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Linenthal, Edward. Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Magelssen, Scott. Living History Museums: Undoing History Through Performance. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007.

—- and Rhona Justice Malloy, editors. Enacting History. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011.

Mayo, James M. War Memorials as Political Landscape: The American Experience and Beyond. New York: Praeger, 1988.

Nora, Pierre. “Between History and Memory: Les Lieux de Mémoire.” Representations 26 (Spring 1989): 7-25.

Nyong’o, Tavia. The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

—-. “Period Rush.” Theatre History Studies 28 (2008): 42-48.

Reardon, Carol. Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Rosenzweig, Roy and David Thelen. The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

Schneider, Rebecca. Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reenactment. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Snow, Stephen Eddy. Performing the Pilgrim: A Study of Ethnohistorical Role-Playing at Plimoth Plantation. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993.

Stupp, Jason. “Slavery and the Theatre of History: Ritual Performance on the Auction Block.” Theatre Journal 63, no. 1 (March 2011): 61-84.

Sturken, Marita. Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

Thompson, Jenny. War Games: Inside the World of 20th-Century War Reeanctors. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2004.

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.

Walkowitz, Daniel, and Lisa Maya Knauer, editors. Contested Histories in Public Space: Memory, Race, and Nation. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

Weeks, Jim. Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Winter, Jay. “Sites of Memory and the Shadow of War.” A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies, edited by Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nünning, 61-76. New York: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co., 2010.


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