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Performing Home: Affective Intervals in 20th- and 21st- Century French Theatre and Slam Poetry

Jonsson, Andrea (2014) Performing Home: Affective Intervals in 20th- and 21st- Century French Theatre and Slam Poetry. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Andrea Jonsson, PhD

University of Pittsburgh, 2014

In my dissertation, I argue for an understanding of text as performance in contemporary French theatre and slam poetry by drawing attention to sound, writing, and the parallels between stage and page. While much of scholarly discourse in performance studies is allergic to textual study, I analyze text as a performance, and performance as text, by underscoring how textual sound creates affective memory. Organized into a section on theatre and a section on poetry, my dissertation includes a series of case studies that function as individual models of what I call textual performance. My analysis bridges the intervals between Performance studies and Affect studies, specifically using the concepts of ritournelle and chez soi from Deleuze and Guattari’s “De la ritournelle.” The concept of home is what connects the theatre texts to the slam poetry. Through home’s spatial counterpart—the domestic in the theatre chapters and the city in the slam chapters—both genres repurpose citations to create familiar repeated refrains that anchor audience and performer in space.
The first and second chapters establish a model for reading a performative text through an analysis of the emphasis on sound and cruelty in the play Roberto Zucco (1990) by Bernard-Marie Koltès. The third chapter analyzes the writing process highlighted within the spoken dialogue of the four characters of Le Dieu du carnage (2007) by Yasmina Reza. In the fourth chapter, using the lens of Apollinaire’s “Zone” I analyze Grand Corps Malade’s first album Midi 20 (2007), arguing that much of the orality of slam poetry has origins in urban textual poetry and drafted musical structures. The fifth chapter investigates the interval between the particular and the universal idea of community in work by women slam artists such as RiM (Amélie Picq Grumbach) and Cat Mat, one of the founders of Slam ô féminin, an association that takes writing workshops and slam sessions to groups of marginalized women in Paris and around France.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jonsson, Andreaalj43@pitt.eduALJ43
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairReeser, Toddreeser@pitt.eduREESER
Committee MemberMecchia, Giuseppinamecchia@pitt.eduMECCHIA
Committee MemberPettersen, Daviddpetter@pitt.eduDPETTER
Committee MemberDoshi, Neildoshi@pitt.eduDOSHI
Committee MemberHogg, Chloehoggca@pitt.eduHOGGCA
Committee MemberWaldron, Jenniferjwaldron@pitt.eduJWALDRON
Date: 22 September 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 29 May 2014
Approval Date: 22 September 2014
Submission Date: 21 July 2014
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 247
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > French
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Performance, Slam Poetry, Contemporary French Theatre, Affect, Home
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2014 20:34
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:22


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