By Jennifer Stephenson
In Performing Autobiography, Jenn Stephenson provides an cutting edge new method of autobiography reports that hyperlinks the starting to be box of study to drama. Stephenson’s research engages with functionality histories to illustrate the level to which the dramatic shape, which recasts autobiography as ambiguously fictive, guarantees that the event of the performs is still open to revision, alteration, and interpretation. As such, Performing Autobiography is familiar with this manner to not be the most unlikely documentation of the backward-looking narrative of one’s existence, yet quite an evolving means of self-creation and transformation.
Stephenson explores the autobiographical shape by way of analysing seven works via Canadian playwrights written and played among 1999 and 2009, together with Judith Thompson’s Perfect Pie, Daniel MacIvor’s In On It, and Timothy Findley’s Shadows. Her research encourages us to work out autobiography as a uniquely political act, person who, the place enacted on degree, illustrates the range of the way that self-reflection and interpretation has an increasing function in modern culture.
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