Date of Award

5-2009

Level of Access

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

Advisor

Kristin Langellier

Second Committee Member

Sandra Berkowitz

Third Committee Member

Nathan E. Stormer

Abstract

This thesis explores the alternative writing practice known as performative writing as it is enacted within the domain of performance studies. Using Robert Scholes's explication of textual power, I read, interpret, and criticize selected texts of performative writing. I argue that the textual power of performative writing creates spaces of dialogue and resistance through, in part, the indeterminacy and evocativeness of its content. I further explore performative writing by engaging in its practice. Throughout the thesis I create alternative and parallel texts that intersect, overlap, and resist the more traditionally academic portions of the work. These sections are written as letters and side conversations that seek to create self-reflexivity and a reflective relationship of performance and performativity to writing.

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