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Performing Autobiography


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction * Narrative Failure and the Loss of an Autobiographical Self: Perfect Pie and The Drawer Boy * Performative Witnessing to Autobiographies of Trauma: Goodness * Setting Free Silenced Autobiographical Voices: Eternal Hydra and Shadows * The Autobiographical Body as a Site of Utopian Performativity: Billy Twinkle * Self-Authoring Characters in Recursive Autothanatography: In On It Notes Bibliography Index

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"Performing Autobiography is a serious advance in state-of-the-art research in Canadian theatre studies, metatheatre, theatrical biography, and autobiography more generally. With considerable scholarly and intellectual rigour, Jenn Stephenson provides careful readings of key contemporary plays. Her study is meticulously researched, but employs that research carefully and wears its learning lightly." -- Ric Knowles, Professor of Theatre Studies, University of Guelph "Smart, original, and important, Performing Autobiography is a model of dramatic criticism and a very well executed record of some contemporary Canadian plays. In this elegantly written study, Jenn Stephenson provides both the necessary information and a wonderful sense of texture so that both the expert and the general interest reader can feel thoroughly engaged. She is to be applauded for the scope of work selected and for her terrific case studies." -- Susan Bennett, Department of English, University of Calgary

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Jenn Stephenson is an associate professor in the Department of Drama at Queen's University.


'Performing Autobiography is a fascinating and important contribution to theatre and drama studies...Jenn Stephenson delivers incredibly in-depth analyses and discussions with a lucidity which is only rarely found.' -- Michael Heinze Journal of Contemporary Drama in English vol 2:2:2014

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