Auto/Biography and Identity


Auto/Biography and Identity

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Title: Auto/Biography and Identity
Author: Gale, Maggie B.
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Description: This groundbreaking book shows how female performers - one of the first groups of professional women - used and still use autobiography and performance as both a means of expression and control of their private and public selves, the 'face and the mask'. In eleven essays, it looks at how a range of women in the theatre - actors, managers, writers and live artists - have done this on the page and on the stage from the late eighteenth-century to the present day, from Emma Robinson to Tilly Wedekind, and from Lena Ashwell to Tracy Emin, testing the boundaries between gender, theatre and autobiographical form. The book is divided into three sections: Part I - Telling tales - autobiographic strategies; Part II - The professional/confessional self; and, Part III - Auto/biography, identity and performance. The editors have selected and re-selected from 'a wealth of material those things which they believe to have both some value in themselves, and also as links which bind together past and present'. This book facilitates connections - connections between texts and performances, past and present practitioners, professional and private selves, individuals and communities, all of which have in some way renegotiated identity through autobiography and the creative act. \"Auto/biography and Identity\" is a landmark in theatre history and performance analysis, in gender and cultural theory, and autobiographical studies. It will be of interest to the scholar, the student and the reader with a more general interest in the cultural history of theatre.

Notes on contributors
Introduction - Women, theatre and performance: Auto/biography and performance - Maggie B. Gale & Viv Gardner

Part 1: Telling tales: Autobiographic strategies
1. The three nobodies: Autobiographical strategies in the work of Alma Ellerslie, Kitty Marion and Ina Rozant - Viv Gardner
2. The disappearing subject in Susan Glaspell's auto/biographical theatre - Nicola Shaugnessy Imag(in)ing a life: Adrienne Kennedy's 'People Who Led to My Plays' and 'Deadly Triplets' - Elaine Aston

Part 2: The professional/confessional self
3. The way to the world: Emma Robinson and the dilemmas of identity - Susan Croft
4. Lena Ashwell and auto/biographical negotiations of the professional self - Maggie B. Gale
5. Tilly Wedekind and Lulu: The role of her life or the role in her life? - Bella Merlin
6. Troubling identities: Claire Dowie's 'Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?' - Gabriele Griffin

Part 3: Auto/biography. Identity and performance
7. Latina theatre and performance: Acts of exposure - Caridad Svich
8. Being her: presence, absence and performance in the art of Janet Cardiff and Tracy Emin - Jen Harvie
9. Peforming lesbians: Constructing the self, constructing the community - Dee Heddon
10. Re(ci)petoires of the self: Autobiographical aspects of Bobby Baker's performance works. Bobby Baker interview - Catharine Maclean Hopkins

Maggie B. Gale is Professor and Chair in Drama at The University of

Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 01/05/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780719063336
Publishing status: Last copy available


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