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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2006

WGS 393 • Performing Autobiography

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47769 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
WIN 2.180
Miller, L

Course Description

Some major critical/theoretical issues the class will explore include: -The differences between the forms of autobiography and biography in literary texts and in performance texts; -The overlaps between performance art, biographical plays/performances, and the performance of autobiography and auto/biography. -What constitutes autobiography as a genre? Particularly autobiographical performance? -The construction/deconstruction of identity(ies) inherent in autobiography and biography. -Strategies for creating and critiquing autobiographical performance.

Some performance issues the class will consider about autobiography: -What is the context, and the subject-performer-audience relationship, of your particular performance? -What time period are you presenting? What is your position (critical lens) on that time? -What are the central truths/selves you wish to present about the figure you've chosen? How can you best present these selves? -What is the style of your performance? Do you wish to construct realistic context for a particular period? Deconstruct the figure/period in some way?

Grading Policy

Based on 3 performances, Responses to performances 2 and 3, and Script of final performance.


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