A journey into no-man's land

Gowan, Gerry (1997) A journey into no-man's land. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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This research examines two years of original writing and performance in stand-up comedy and performance art. The researcher/artist has attempted to realize in performance what has been conceptualized as the silenced imaginary of the Other. Accepting notions of a Symbolic Order which governs culture, of which woman is not the subject, and in which woman has no voice, it was proposed that in the ritual of theatre this Symbolic Order might be refused and the researcher/performer might find it possible to express her own imaginary. The experimentation was done within two theatrical forms which have a history of transgressive performance and performances were created and performed over a two year period, first in Australia and then in Britain. The research is based on postmodern feminist philosophical notions about the nature of culture and possible resistance of that culture by those who find its narrative wanting. It is an attempt to generate an understanding of what is possible when in the simulated reality of the theatre a woman rejects inherited visions of herself and seeks to allow the flow of her own imaginary, her own desire. This paper documents a rigorous search to develop a new voice in performance.

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ID Code: 35892
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Wissler, Rodney
Additional Information: Presented to the Academy of the Arts, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Performance art, Feminist theater, Theater Semiotics, thesis, doctoral
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Gerry Gowan
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 01:16

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