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'Disintegration, focalisation and the politics of mega-identity in the performances of Marie Jones’s "A Night in November" and Anna Deavere Smith's "Let Me Down Easy"’

Maguire, Tom (2013) 'Disintegration, focalisation and the politics of mega-identity in the performances of Marie Jones’s "A Night in November" and Anna Deavere Smith's "Let Me Down Easy"’. In: International Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Conference,, Manchester Metropolitan University. International Society Studies of Narrative. 11 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

In this paper, I explore how the figures of the storyworld can be presented, by examining the performance strategies in Anna Deavere Smith's "Lay Me Down Easy" and in Marie Jones’s "Stones in his Pockets". As Birch observes, ‘Through verbal and nonverbal clues, effective storytellers bring out the nuances, both large and small, which delineate the characters within the story ’ (1996: 119). Such strategies of characterisation are fundamentally metonymic in storytelling. However, the choice of specific details to depict a character may draw on characteristics associated with specific social groups, invoking issues of identity and power. The sense in which characterisation is then dependent not just on the performance strategies but on the ways in which these are read by the spectator becomes an important issue in understanding what is at stake when a teller represents someone from a group other than her own.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:narrative, storytelling theatre, contemporary performance
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:28146
Deposited By: Dr Thomas Maguire
Deposited On:28 Nov 2013 14:40
Last Modified:28 Nov 2013 14:40

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