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Performance Philosophy

A Philosophical Autofiction

Dolor's Youth

Authors: Golub, Spencer

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  • Expresses a type of performance behaviour as opposed to outlining a coherent narrative
  • Provides a new model for creative scholarship
  • Makes the case that the subjective voice is not just viable but useful in promoting academic ideas
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This is a book about what becomes of the truth when it succumbs to generational memory loss and to the fictions that intervene to cause and fill the gaps. It is a book about the impossibility of writing an autobiography when there is a prepossessing cultural and familial 'we' interfering with the 'I' and an 'I' that does not know itself as a self, except metastatically — as people and characters it has played but not actually been.

A highly original combination of close readings and performative autobiography, this book takes performance philosophy to an alternative next step, by having its ideas read back to it by experience, and through assorted fictions. It is a philosophical thought experiment in uncertainty whose literary, theatrical, and cinematic trappings illustrate and finally become what this uncertainty is, the thought experiment having become the life that was, that came before, and that outlives the 'I am'.

About the authors

Spencer Golub is Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Comparative Literature, and Slavic Studies at Brown University, USA. He is the author of six books: A Philosophical Autofiction: Dolor’s Youth; The Baroque Night; Incapacity: Wittgenstein, Anxiety, and Performance Behavior; Infinity (Stage); The Recurrence of Fate: Theatre and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia; and Evreinov: The Theatre of Paradox and Transformation

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“This is a complex and beautiful book that drifts and undoes itself in its attempt to perform, in writing, what the author terms the ‘metastatic self’ – a self that is tessellated, in movement, restlessly creating and de-creating itself, haunted and ventriloquised. The argument is performative, lucid, and highly original – what we have here is a work of performance philosophy in motion, a book where form and content, idea and expression meet.” (Carl Lavery, Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Glasgow, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook £47.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-05612-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05611-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Philosophical Autofiction
Book Subtitle
Dolor's Youth
Authors
Series Title
Performance Philosophy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05612-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05612-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05611-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 241
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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