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On Repetition
Writing, Performance & Art
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Published July 2016
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Books by Eirini Kartsaki
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Edited by Eirini Kartsaki
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On Repetition aims to unpack the different uses and functions of repetition within contemporary performance, dance practices, craft and writing. The collection, edited by Eirini Kartsaki, explores repetition in relation to intimacy, laughter, technology, familiarity and fear – proposing a new vocabulary for understanding what is at stake in works that repeat. Drawing on psychoanalysis, philosophy, linguistics, sociology and performance studies – and employing case studies from a range of practices – the essays presented here combine to form a unique interdisciplinary exploration of the functions of repetition in contemporary culture.
 

Eirini Kartsaki is a Teaching Fellow in Drama and Performance Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

Chapter titles
Persisting Forever: Introducing Repetition
Eirini Kartsaki
Chapter 1 - Of Secret Signals, Absent Masters and the Trembling of the Contours: 15Walter Benjamin, Yvonne Rainer and the Repeatability of Gesture
Swen Steinhäuser
Chapter 2 - All the Home’s a Stage: Uncanny Encounters Between Auditorium and Oikos
Alan Read
Chapter 3 - Repetition as Technology of the Numinous in Performance: The Artist Is Present by Marina Abramovic´
Silvia Battista
Chapter 4 - When Is a Joke not a Joke? Reading (and Re-reading) Stewart Lee’s ‘The Rap Singers’
Emma Bennett
Chapter 5 - The Crying Channel
Claire Hind and Gary Winters
Chapter 6 -The Cyclical Pleasures and Deaths of Symbolization: How to Become 117 a Cupcake/The Famous’ Adaptation of Frankenstein
Lauren Barri Holstein
Chapter 7 - A Pointless Pastime? Early Nineteenth-Century Pin-Prick Imagery
Alice Barnaby
Chapter 8 - Repeated Acts of Intimacy and Harm in Andrea Brady’s Mutability: Scripts for Infancy
Gareth Farmer
Chapter 9 -‘I Was Not HEARD’: Trauma and Articulation in the Poetry of Geraldine Monk
Linda Kemp
Chapter 10 - Déjà-vu, Doubles and Dread: The Uncanny and Christopher Smith’s Triangle
Ruth McPhee
Chapter 11 - Farewell to Farewell: Impossible Endings and Unfinished Finitudes
Eirini Kartsaki
Afterword: Repetition or Recognition?
Clare Foster
Reviews
'“Repetition creates bliss”, Roland Barthes once argued. In an era in which we hear repetition and think strain, when the repeated gesture is a sign for alienated labour, boredom or the abandonment of thought, this collection of essays shows how repetition can be a figure of creativity – not only in the art forms of visual art, dance, performance and poetry which are its subjects, but also in the lived experiences of work, desire, play and political solidarity. Deeply insightful and more than a little compulsive, these explorations of repetition reveal a tactic and a drive at the heart of art’s relationship to contemporary spaces and bodies' – Andrea Brady, Professor of English, Queen Mary University of London

'This is a book full of fascinations. And also of passions, pleasures, novelties, dissatisfactions and griefs. It is a book about the efforts we make to enact and to understand, to educate and politicise, about how to value that which is perpetually arriving, doing and undoing itself; and also how to say goodbye. While making its case for the centrality of repetition, as constitutive of a range of art practices - through performance, stand-up comedy, poetry, film, craft work and much more - On Repetition is no less concerned with those practices of investigation and attention, of critical recall and affective resistance, through which the lessons of art may be turned productively through the fabric of our lives. As such, it is also a book about humanities: making its own multi-voiced but assured case for the humanities, while investigating the ways that "our" humanity is ever getting away from us, into multiplicity and strangeness and the unforeseen of what comes next.' – Joe Kelleher, Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Roehampton

'The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard was most prescient when he claimed at the outset of his 1843 novella Repetition: ‘Say what you will, the question of repetition will play a very important role in modern philosophy; for repetition is a crucial expression for what recollection was to the Greeks’. Eirini Kartsaki’s edited collection On Repetition: Writing, Performance & Art bears this out and then some. Contrary to the still lingering assumption that modern art and philosophy broke free from traditional beliefs and practices, this volume retrieves ‘repetition’ as a concept with at least as much modern compulsion as ‘originality’.' – Nathan Hedman, Studies in Theatre and Performance

'The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard was most prescient when he claimed at the outset of his 1843 novella Repetition: ‘Say what you will, the question of repetition will play a very important role in modern philosophy; for repetition is a crucial expression for what recollection was to the Greeks’. Eirini Kartsaki’s edited collection On Repetition: Writing, Performance & Art bears this out and then some. Contrary to the still lingering assumption that modern art and philosophy broke free from traditional beliefs and practices, this volume retrieves ‘repetition’ as a concept with at least as much modern compulsion as ‘originality’.' – Clio Unger, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media

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