The Body of Text Meets the Body as Text: Staging (I)dentity in the Work of SuAndi and Lemn Sissay.

Osborne, Deirdre. 2010. The Body of Text Meets the Body as Text: Staging (I)dentity in the Work of SuAndi and Lemn Sissay. In: Anne Karhio; Sean Crosson and Charles I. Armstrong, eds. Crisis and Contemporary Poetry. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 230-247. ISBN 9780230247246 [Book Section]

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Two of Britain’s foremost contemporary Black poets, SuAndi and Lemn Sissay also perform autobiographical monodramas that intimately dramatise their odysseys to self-knowledge through retrieving and paying homage to their respective mothers’ struggles - in raising or rejecting them - in a hostile surrounding society. I argue that Sissay and SuAndi literally and literarily perform themselves into being through trans-generic methodologies; cross-fertilising traditions of poetry in performance, dramatic monologue and confessional, to produce an experiential aesthetics that testifies to the tenuous and often troubled routes to self-worth that confront indigenous Black Britons both socially and culturally.

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monodrama, performance poetics, narratives of self, Black British poetry, ekphrasis, monologue

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


October 2010Published

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03 Oct 2011 13:11

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