Performing Autobiography Contemporary Canadian Drama

ISBN-10: 144264446X
ISBN-13: 9781442644465
Edition: 2013
Description: In Performing Autobiography, Jenn Stephenson presents an innovative new approach to autobiography studies that links the growing field of research to drama. Stephenson’s analysis engages with performance histories to demonstrate the extent to which  More...
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Copyright Year: 2013
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication Date: 4/19/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056

In Performing Autobiography, Jenn Stephenson presents an innovative new approach to autobiography studies that links the growing field of research to drama. Stephenson’s analysis engages with performance histories to demonstrate the extent to which the dramatic form, which recasts autobiography as ambiguously fictive, ensures that the experience of the plays remains open to revision, alteration, and interpretation. As such, Performing Autobiographyunderstands this form not to be the impossible documentation of the backward-looking narrative of one’s life, but rather an evolving process of self-creation and transformation.Stephenson explores the autobiographical form by analysing seven works by Canadian playwrights written and performed between 1999 and 2009, including Judith Thompson’s Perfect Pie, Daniel MacIvor’s In On It, and Timothy Findley’s Shadows. Her analysis encourages us to see autobiography as a uniquely political act, one that, where enacted on stage, illustrates the variety of ways that self-reflection and interpretation has an expanding role in contemporary culture.

Jenn Stephenson is an associate professor in the Department of Drama at Queenrsquo;s University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Narrative Failure and the Loss of an Autobiographical Self: Perfect Pie and The Drawer Boy
Performative Witnessing to Autobiographies of Trauma: Goodness
Setting Free Silenced Autobiographical Voices: Eternal Hydra and Shadows
The Autobiographical Body as a Site of Utopian Performativity: Billy Twinkle
Self-Authoring Characters in Recursive Autothanatography: In On It
Coda
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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