Please join us in celebrating Anastasia (Usva) Seregina's publication of her first book, Performing Fantasy and Reality in Contemporary Culture! The book explores the concept and subjective experience of fantasy in contemporary culture, mapping out its use in recent history, providing an interdisciplinary overview of terminology, and focusing on the bodily performance of fantasy in today’s Western world. Using the theoretical lens of performance theory and theatre, the book takes on the methodological approaches of ethnography and art-based research to explore LARP as an empirical context of performance of fantasy.
The event is free and refreshments will be available.
The Word Bookshop has also secured an amazing discount for the book for this event! You will be able to purchase the book for just £60 (£55 off)!
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Summary of book
We frequently engage with that which we consciously perceive not to be real, yet fantasy, despite its pervasive presence and strong role in everyday life through its connection to identities, communities, desires, and meanings, has yet to be properly defined and researched. This book examines fantasy from a performance theory perspective. Drawing on multidisciplinary literature, it presents ethnographic and art-based research on live action role-playing games to explore fantasy as a bodily and negotiated phenomenon that involves various kinds of engagement with one’s surroundings. Overall, this book is a study of various forms and roles that fantasy can take on as part of contemporary Western culture. The study suggests that fantasy emerges as a different type of interpretation of normalised performance and reality, and can thus provide individuals with the tools to wield agency in everyday life. The book will appeal to scholars of sociology, cultural and media studies, literature and performance studies.
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