Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice (review)

Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice (review) 04-reviews302 5/17/07 9:05 AM Page 213 REVIEWS Sherrill Grace and Jerry Wasserman, eds. Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2006. 352 pp. ISBN 0-88922-540-0, $24.95. Over the past decade or so, theatre and performance studies and auto/biog- raphy studies have inched toward one another, but only in the last few years have we seen concerted study and discussion at the confluence of these two concerns. In 2004, the University of British Columbia hosted a workshop on precisely this nexus, “Putting a Life on Stage: A Theatre and AutoBiography Exploratory Workshop.” The result is this useful, though by no means com- prehensive collection edited by Sherrill Grace and Jerry Wasserman, one that explores both the practical and theoretical dynamics for staging lived experi- ence, and for writing lives conducted on or near the stage. While the origin of these essays as conference papers sometimes limits the scope and impact of many pieces in the collection, several will contribute meaningfully and last- ingly to this growing area of inquiry. In her introduction to Theatre and AutoBiography, Sherrill Grace contends that there exists a “highly productive” relationship between these two fields of knowledge, and situates http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice (review)

Biography, Volume 30 (2) – Jul 25, 2007

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Copyright © 2007 Biographical Research Center.
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04-reviews302 5/17/07 9:05 AM Page 213 REVIEWS Sherrill Grace and Jerry Wasserman, eds. Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2006. 352 pp. ISBN 0-88922-540-0, $24.95. Over the past decade or so, theatre and performance studies and auto/biog- raphy studies have inched toward one another, but only in the last few years have we seen concerted study and discussion at the confluence of these two concerns. In 2004, the University of British Columbia hosted a workshop on precisely this nexus, “Putting a Life on Stage: A Theatre and AutoBiography Exploratory Workshop.” The result is this useful, though by no means com- prehensive collection edited by Sherrill Grace and Jerry Wasserman, one that explores both the practical and theoretical dynamics for staging lived experi- ence, and for writing lives conducted on or near the stage. While the origin of these essays as conference papers sometimes limits the scope and impact of many pieces in the collection, several will contribute meaningfully and last- ingly to this growing area of inquiry. In her introduction to Theatre and AutoBiography, Sherrill Grace contends that there exists a “highly productive” relationship between these two fields of knowledge, and situates

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