Auto/Biography and Identity: Women, Theatre and Performance

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Manchester University Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 260 pages
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This groundbreaking book shows how female performers have used autobiography and performance as both a means of expression and control of their private and public selves, the "face and the mask". It looks at how 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, testing the boundaries between gender, theatre and autobiographical form. This book facilitates 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.
 

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Contents

autobiographical strategies in the work
10
The disappearing subject in Susan GlaspelPs autobiographical
39
Adrienne Kennedys People Who Led
58
Emma Robinson and the dilemmas
78
Lena Ashwell and autobiographical negotiations of
99
the role of her life or the role
126
Claire Dowies Why Is John Lennon
153
AUTOBIOGRAPHY IDENTITY AND PERFORMANCE
178
presence absence and performance in the art
194
constructing the self constructing
217
autobiographical aspects of Bobby
239
Index
257
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J.B. Priestley
Maggie Barbara Gale
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About the author (2004)

Maggie B. Gale is Reader in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham.

Viv Gardner is Professor of Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama at the University of Manchester.

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