Body, Paper, Stage Writing and Performing Autoethnography

ISBN-10: 1598744879

ISBN-13: 9781598744873

Edition: 2011

Authors: Tami Spry

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Tami Spry provides a methodological introduction to the budding field of performative autoethnography. She intertwines three necessary elements comprising the process. First one must understand the body - navigating concepts of self, culture, language, class, race, gender, and physicality. The second task is to put that body on the page, assigning words for that body's sociocultural experiences. Finally, this merger of body and paper is lifted up to the stage, crafting a persona as a method of personal inquiry. These three stages are simultaneous and interdependent, and only in cultivating all three does performance autoethnography begin to take shape. Replete with examples and exercises, this is an important introductory work for autoethnographers and performance artists alike.
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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Left Coast Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Foreword: Performing Authoethnography: Making the Personal Political
Preface: Autoethnography Lost and Found
Introduction: The Textualizing Body
Conceptualizing Performative Autoethnography
Why Do Performative Autoethnography?
Performative Autoethnography and the Performative-I Disposition
Agency and Representation
Rupture and Fragmentation
In-and-Between Bodies
The Performance Studies Classroom and Beyond
Questions for Further Consideration
Writing the Body
Putting the Body On Paper, or, Writing the Performative Body
Our Relationship with Language
Autoethnography Descriptives
An Ethic of Aesthetics in Performative Autoethnography
Language of the Body
Aesthetic Accountability
The Answerable Body
Questions for Further Consideration
Composing Performative Autoethnography
Writing Bodies into Being
Methodology for Composing Performative Autoethnography
Sociocultural Context
Critical Self-Reflection
Self-Other Interaction
The Body
Time and Space
Additional Persona
Structuring Performative Autoethnography: From Fragments to Collage
Warm-ups for Writing Performative Autoethnography
Performing the Autoethnographic Body
Why Perform Autoethnography?
Conceptualizing Performance
The Weight of Performative Embodiment: Putting Flesh on the Bones of Discourse
Practiced Vulnerability as Agency
Who and What Are We Performing in Performative Autoethnography?
Questions for Further Consideration
Embodying Performative Autoethnography
Elements of an Embodied Performance
Artistic Work Ethic
Dialogical Performance
Preparing for Rehearsal
Internal/External Dichotomy
Analyzing Internal Elements
Connecting Internal and External Elements for Performance Choices
Making Performance Choices of Voice, Body, Audience, and Space
Warm-ups for Embodying Performative Autoethnography
Body, Paper, Stage and Back Again
About the Author
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