- Subject index
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.
Chapter 9: Shifting Contexts in Personal Narrative Performance
Shifting Contexts in Personal Narrative Performance
I first learned about performing literature in grade school and high school speech contests, and then later in a graduate classroom, after three years of teaching high school English. As performer and audience, my sure, pure favorite was oral interpretation of prose in its incarnations as solo performance and as chamber theatre, the ensemble staging of short stories and novels. The kaleidoscopic variations of narrators, stories, and audience created an event that never failed to captivate me, although my tendencies to be swept away by the rhetoric of fiction were tempered as I learned about such nuances as unreliable narrators and how to flesh out analytically and onstage the strategic intricacies of telling stories. ...