Lives in Play

Lives in Play

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Lives in Play explores the centrality of life narratives to womena€™s drama and performance from the 1970s to the present moment. In the early days of second-wave feminism, the slogan was a€œThe personal is the political.a€ These autobiographical and biographical a€œtrue storiesa€ have the political impact of the real and have also helped a range of feminists tease out the more complicated aspects of gender, sex, and sexuality in a Western culture that now imagines itself as a€œpostfeminist.a€ The booka€™s scope is broad, from performance artists like Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, and Bobby Baker to playwrights like Suzan-Lori Parks, Maria Irene Fornes, and Sarah Kane. The book links the narrative tactics and theatrical approaches of biography and autobiography and shows how theater artists use life writing strategies to advance womena€™s rights and remake womena€™s representations. Lives in Play will appeal to scholars in performance studies, womena€™s studies, and literature, including those in the growing field of auto/biography studies. a€œ A fresh perspective and wide-ranging analysis of changes in feminist theater for the past thirty years . . . a most welcome addition to the literature on theater, in particular scholarship on feminist practices.a€ a€”Choice a€œHelps sustain an important history by reviving works of feminist theater and performance and giving them a new and refreshing context and theorical underpinning . . . considering 1970s performance art alongside more conventional play production.a€ a€”Lesley Ferris, The Ohio State UniversityCan the lessons of 4.48 Psychosis apply to a play like How I Learned to Drive, where the playwright at once inserts cues to read biographically, even as she publicly denies the playa#39;s plot as autobiography? Can we read as meaningful the anbsp;...

Title:Lives in Play
Author:Ryan Claycomb
Publisher:University of Michigan Press - 2012-08-08


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