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Chora-graphy as a Performance writing in 4.48 Psychosis

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2012, 25(1), pp.113-139
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama

Choi,Young-Joo 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims to explore the possibility of performance writing which increasingly goes beyond the dramatic writing and turns toward cross-boundary writing for intermedia performance these days. In particular, Lemann’s concept of chora-graphy related with a series of his arguments about post-dramatic theatre will be observed, as well as the development of performance writing since the European avant-garde. Based on these, this paper will consider the re-construction of chora-graphy as a strategy for cross-boundary writing specifically: performing writing, writing for space, and writing for the self depending on a series of Plato’s chora, Kristeva’s chora, and Lehmann’s chora-graphy. With deliberation, post-dramatic theatre can only hold the aesthetic criterion; this paper has chosen Kane’s 4. 48 Psychosis to demonstrate how chora-graphy can be used for the playwright’s work. As Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis reveals itself as a mental space, the chora-graphy here corresponds with mapping the space of awareness in lieu of the development of the situation. The reader’s experience is close to be ‘wading in words’ or ‘sitting in the narrative landscape’ which are transience and ambiguous, and are in flux as the words are situated in the mental space. In this process, the reader or the spectator is not simply spectating the other’s experience, but they are accompanying them as if ‘they are the other face which is pasted on the underside of the mind’.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.