Auto/Biography and Identity

by Maggie B. Gale

Part of the Women, Theatre and Performance Series

Auto/Biography and Identity Synopsis

This groundbreaking book shows how female performers - one of the first groups of professional women - used and still use autobiography and performance as both a means of expression and control of their private and public selves, the 'face and the mask'. It looks at how a range of women in the theatre - actors, managers, writers and live artists - have done this on the page and on the stage from the late eighteenth-century to the present day, testing the boundaries between gender, theatre and autobiographical form. This paperback edition facilitates connections - between texts and performances, past and present practitioners, professional and private selves, individuals and communities, all of which have in some way renegotiated identity through autobiography and the creative act. 'Auto/biography and identity' is a landmark in theatre history and performance analysis, in gender and cultural theory, and autobiographical studies. -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719063336
Publication date: 1st May 2009
Author: Maggie B. Gale
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Theatre studies,

About Maggie B. Gale

Maggie B. Gale is Professor and Chair in Drama at The University of Manchester. Viv Gardner is Professor of Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama at the University of Manchester -- .

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