Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women's Autobiography

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Lynn C. Miller, Jacqueline Taylor, M. Heather Carver
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 322 pages
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Fourteen bold, dynamic, and daring women take the stage in this collection of women's lives and stories. Individually and collectively, these writers and performers speak the unspoken and perform the heretofore unperformed.

The first section includes scripts and essays about performances of the lives of Gertrude Stein, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mary Church Terrell, Charlotte Cushman, Ana s Nin, Calamity Jane, and Mary Martin. The essays consider intriguing interpretive issues that arise when a woman performer represents another woman's life. In the second section, seven performers--Tami Spry, Jacqueline Taylor, Linda Park-Fuller, Joni Jones, Terri Galloway, Linda M. Montano, and Laila Farah--tell their own stories. Ranging from narrrative lectures (sometimes aided by slides and props) to theatrical performances, their works wrest comic and dramatic meaning from a world too often chaotic and painful. Their performances engage issues of sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, loss of parent, disability, life and death, and war and peace. The volume as a whole highlights issues of representation, identity, and staging in autobiographical performance. It examines the links among theory and criticism of women's autobiography, feminist performance theory, and performance practice.

 

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Contents

Exploring Womens Autobiography
15
A Critical Autobiography
33
Gertrude Stein Never Enough
47
The Embodiment
66
Desire in Evidence
84
Searching for
96
Georgia OKeeffe x Catherine Rogers
103
The Metadramatics
152
My Life as
192
A Clean Breast of It
215
sista docta
237
The Performance of Drowning
258
Death in the Art and Life of Linda M Montano
265
Shaping the World with Our Hands
282
Womens Autobiographical
301
Contributors
319

Autoperformance in Skins
167

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About the author (2003)

Lynn C. Miller is associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Jacqueline Taylor is professor of Communication at DePaul University. M. Heather Carver is assistant professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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