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Home and Away
Lived Experience in Performative Narratives

Edited By

Leigh Anne Howard

ISBN 9780367698782
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
222 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Home and Away explores how performative writing serve as a process that critically interrogates space/place in relation to personal, social, cultural, and political understanding.

By combining aesthetic expression and inquiry with critical reflection, the contributors in this volume use a variety of narrative strategies—autoethnography, mystoriography, creative cartography, the lyric essay, fictocriticism, collage, the screenplay, and poetics—to position place as the starting point for the aesthetic impulse. The anthology showcases the power and potential of performative writing to illustrate the ways we interact with and in place; provides examples of the ways one can express lived experience; and demonstrates the ways discourses overlap while extending our understanding of identity and place, whether one is home or away. Although the chapters are fixed by their literary form in this volume, many of chapters are best realized in a performance or shared publicly via an oral tradition.

This collection will be of great interest to students and scholars in performance, communication studies, and literature.

Table of Contents

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"Poetics, Performativity, and the Personal Narrative: An Introduction"

Leigh Anne Howard

Chapter 1: "Rural Ruins as Sites for Excavating Memory, Materiality, and Metaphor"

Lindsay P. Greer

Chapter 2: "Riding the Hippogriff: \Fandom, Performance, and Place in the Wizarding World—An Autoethnographic, Fictocritical (Unfilmable) Screenplay"

Daniel W. Heaton

Chapter 3: "Pilgrimage to Paisley Park: A Mystory"

Charla Markham Shaw

Chapter 4: "Walking, Wandering, Writing: The 2017 Women’s March and the Celebration of Disruption"

Leigh Anne Howard

Chapter 5: "Wandering New Orleans: Grammar of the Legs as Creative Production"

Sarah K. Jackson

Chapter 6: "Walking in the City: Intersections of Identity, Space, and Place"

Nicole Costantini

Chapter 7: "Sherman’s March on Columbia, Searching for Green Pipes, Eating Tacos and Shooting Yankees: Tales from a Self-Guided Tour and Shelling Reenactment"

Jason B. Munsell

Chapter 8: "Home, Awareness, Space"

Julia Galbus Kiesel

Chapter 9: "’Well, At Least This Isn’t As Bad As ’78’: Using Stories to Make Sense of the Ohio Blizzard of 1978"

Sharon E. Croft

Chapter 10: "When Home Goes From Being a Place to Being a Person: A Critical Autoethnography of Identity, Culture, and Geography"

Mark P. Orbe

Chapter 11: "Performing Pilgrimage, Mourning, and Transformation on the Camino de Santiago"

Tracy Stephenson Shaffer

About the Contributors


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Leigh Anne Howard is Professor of Communication Studies and Chairperson of the Department of Communication at the University of Southern Indiana, USA. She studies the intersection of performance, culture, and identity, as well as critical performance pedagogy. Her most recent publication is Performativity, Cultural Construction, and the Graphic Narrative (Routledge, 2020), co-edited with Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw.