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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Autobiography and Performance

Performing Selves

ISBN 9780230537521
Publication Date November 2007
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Theatre and Performance Practices

Autobiography and Performance offers a comprehensive overview of the use of autobiography in performance. Examining the work of key practitioners, Heddon argues that autobiographical performances
act as sites of resistance and intervention and uncovers the political potentials and limits that accompany the use of the personal in performance

DEIRDRE HEDDON is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. She is the author, with Jane Milling, of Devising Performance: A Critical History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and her work on the use of autobiographical material in performance has been published in various journals and edited collections.

List of Illustrations
General Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: POLITICS (OF SELF): THE SUBJECT OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Beginnings: Autobiographical Performance
Tensions: Experience and Its Representation
In-Between: Experience and Its Representation
The Autobiography of Community
PART II: HISTORY: TESTIMONIAL TIMES
Psychoanalysis and Trauma
Performing Testimonial History
PART III: PLACE: THE PLACE OF SELF
Autotopography: Autobiography and Place
The Art of Walking
The Politics of Place
PART IV: ETHICS: THE STORY OF THE OTHER
Self-Other
Verbatim Theatre
Performance Rights
PART V: CONCLUSION: These Confessional Times
The Appropriate(d) Personal
The Difference of Context
References
Bibliography.

Reviews

'Heddon's book, covering, as it does, such an immense variety of practices, examined through a well focussed theoretical lens, is one which should be recommended to students and researchers alike - it will become a first point of reference for anyone working in the field.' Maggie B. Gale, University of Manchester, Studies in Theatre and Performance 29.3'Heddon's book is a much-needed sustained discussion of the subject [auto-biography and performance]...[it has] a direct, honest, lively and engaging style of writing which invites and stimulates dialogue and debate.' Nicola Shaughnessy, University of Kent Theatre Research International 34.2 2009 'engaged, engaging and fully embodied.' Jennie Klein, Contemporary Theatre Review, 19. 'Heddon provides a nuanced exposition of contemporary critical concerns that are central to many university courses and her ability to match those concerns to the study and practice of autobiographical performance will make this book a challenging resource for students and teachers working in a number of areas in the higher education sector.' - Auto/Biography Studies
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