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The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies brings together, in a single volume, reviews of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation. It is the only comprehensive collection on the theories, methods, politics, and practices of performance relating to life and culture. Edited by D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera, this Handbook serves scholars and students across the disciplines by delineating the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work in this exciting and growing area.

The Constructed Self: Strategic and Aesthetic Choices in Autobiographical Performance
The constructed self: Strategic and aesthetic choices in autobiographical performance

The impulse toward narrative is a fundamentally human one. Telling stories about oneself, listening to and learning from the stories of others, helps us to make sense of our world. Stories mentor us and allow us to structure our awareness of the trajectory of our lives. “Though it may seem a strange way to put it,” as Jerome Bruner (1993) explains, “we may properly suspect that the shape of a life as experienced is as much dependent upon the narrative skills of the autobiographer as is the story he or she tells about it” (p. 41). While autobiography, in the form of letters, diaries, journals, and ...

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