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Spell or Spill It Out

Ercin, Nazlihan Eda ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2707-9543 (2017) Spell or Spill It Out. Performance Research, 22 (5). pp. 44-51.

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This auto-ethnographic performance text situates the utterance of given names as a performative act of difference in multicultural contexts. It approaches a name as an epistemic object that marks a human body on a scale of closeness and distance on a world map. As an instigation of a solo performance based on actual dialogues and theoretical openings, the piece encourages us to question ‘how our names perform with/against/beyond us’. As a written document, it creates an irony, as it inevitably misses the core of its argument: the sound of a name. Inviting the reader to read it out loud, this inner dialogue sheds light on the bodily experience of the author introducing herself as well as being introduced by others in English-speaking countries, and how this experience urges her to write on the material agency of her own name.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2017.1383768
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9800

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