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Walking, Writing and Performance

Autobiographical Texts by Deirdre Heddon, Carl Lavery and Phil Smith

This collection charts three projects by performers who generate autobiographical writing by walking through inspirational landscapes. Included in the book are the full texts of The Crab Walks and Crab Steps Aside by Phil Smith, Mourning Walk by Carl Lavery, and Tree by Deirdre Heddon, each accompanied by photographs and contextual essays. Taken together or separately, the work of all three artist-scholars raises important issues about memory, the ethics of autobiographical performance, ritual, life writing, and site-specific performance.

192 pages | 42 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2009

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Table of Contents

Introduction: It’s (Not Really) All About Me, Me, Me
   Roberta Mock
Part 1:  Carl Lavery
Mourning Walk
Mourning Walk and Pedestrian Performance: History, Aesthetics and Ethics
Part 2:  Phil Smith
The Crab Walks
Crab Walking and Mythogeography
Crab Steps Aside
Part 3:  Dee Heddon
Tree: A Studio Performance
One Square Foot: Thousands of Routes
Biographical Notes

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