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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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First Advisor

Leda Cooks

Second Advisor

Claudio Moreira

Third Advisor

Jenny Spencer

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Roughly Speaking is a performance autoethnography that explores both conditions of storytelling and narrative strategies for producing alternative interpretations and representations of experience, in particular, the occupation of space and subjectivities. Through creative manipulations of voice and style, this narrative performance attempts to challenge dominant notions of authorship, identity, and epistemology, especially those that mask the situatedness of knowledge production and reproduce systemic marginalization of non-normative bodies, voices, and perspectives. Taking as a starting point the narrative form of identity and building upon the mutually constitutive character of social and personal narratives, with an emphasis on embodiment, performativity, and the postmodern condition, this autoethnography is intended to perform the ideological nature of all narrative construction and the ways in which social discourses and narratives compete both in social spaces and within bodies in the formation and reformation of collective and personal identities.


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