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The Selected Works of Ronald J. Pelias





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Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
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Writing Performance, Identity, and Everyday Life invites the reader into Ronald J. Pelias’ world of artistic and everyday performance. Calling upon a broad range of qualitative methods, these selected writings from Pelias submerge themselves in the evocative and embodied, in the material and consequential, often creating moving accounts of their topics.





The book is divided into four sections: Foundational Logics, Performance, Identity, and Everyday Life. Part I addresses the methodological underpinnings of the book, focusing on the ‘touchstones’ that inform Pelias’ work: performative, autoethnographic, poetic, and narrative methods. These directions push the researcher toward empathic engagement, a leaning toward others; using the literary to evoke the cognitive and affective aspects of experience; and an ethical sensibility located in social justice. Parts II–IV focus on artistic and everyday life performances, including discussions of the disciplinary shift from the oral interpretation of literature to the field of performance studies; empathy and the actor’s process; conceptions of performance; the performance of race, gender, and sexuality; and performances in interpersonal relations and academic circles.





By the end, readers will see Pelias demonstrate the power of qualitative methods to engage and to present alternative ways of being. Pelias’ work shows us how to understand and feel the evocative strength of thinking performatively.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments





Introduction: A Way In



Part I: Foundational Logics





Chapter 1. Performative Inquiry: Embodiment and Its Challenges





Chapter 2. Writing Autoethnography: The Personal, Poetic, and Performative as Compositional Strategies





Chapter 3. Performative Writing as Scholarship: An Argument, An Anecdote





Chapter 4. Performative Writing: The Ethics of Representation in Form and Body





Chapter 5. Writing into Position: Strategies for Composition and Evaluation





Chapter 6. Pledging Personal Allegiance to Qualitative Inquiry



Part II: Performance





Chapter 7. A Paradigm for Performance Studies with James Vanoosting





Chapter 8. Empathy: Some Implications of Social Cognition Research for Interpretation Study





Chapter 9. Performance Studies: Meditations and Mediations





Chapter 10. Performance Is…





Chapter 11. Confessions of an Apprehensive Performer





Chapter 12. Toward a Poetic Phenomenology of Performance with Lesa Lockford





Chapter 13. Seductions



Part III: Identity





Chapter 14. The DEF Comedy Jam, bell hooks, and Me





Chapter 15. My Body’s Placement: An Autoethnographic Account of Communicative Practice





Chapter 16. Making My Masculine Body Behave





Chapter 17. Jarheads, Girly Men, and the Pleasures of Violence





Chapter 18. A Personal History of Lust on Bourbon Street



Part IV: Everyday Life





Chapter 19. Remembering Vietnam





Chapter 20. The Critical Life





Chapter 21. The Academic Tourist: An Autoethnography





Chapter 22. Always Dying: Living Between Da and Fort





Chapter 23. For Father and Son: An Ethnodrama with No Catharsis





Chapter 24. Remains





Chapter 25. The End of an Academic Career: The Desperate Attempt to Hang On and Let Go

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Biography

Ronald J. Pelias is currently teaching part-time in the theatre program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His most recent books exploring qualitative methods are Leaning: A Poetics of Personal Relations (2011), Performance: An Alphabet of Performative Writing (2014), and If the Truth Be Told: Accounts in Literary Forms (2016).