Autobiography as performative identity construction: The fragmented subjectivities of charlotte salomon
Autobiography, Charlotte Salomon, Intertextuality, Postmodern Feminism, Subjectivity
Text and Performance Quarterly
Written in the form of a play, and constructed around a series of over 700 small paintings, Life? or Theater? is a remarkable autobiography. Completed by Charlotte Salomon within the atmosphere of a family history of depression and suicide, the autobiography is evidence of the extraordinary power of women’s life writing to articulate a version of subjectivity that is mobile and multiple. Grounding analysis of Life? or Theater? in theories of identity as performatively constituted and ostmodern feminist perspectives on subjectivity, this essay examines how the intertextual verbal and visual aspects of Life? or Theater? assist in the staging of Salomon’s performance of multiple subjectivities. The autobiographical occasion (whether performance or text) becomes a site on which cultural ideologies intersect and dissect one another, in contradiction, consonance, and adjacency. (Smith and Watson xix). © 2001 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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White, Leah, "Autobiography as performative identity construction: The fragmented subjectivities of charlotte salomon" (2001). Faculty Publications. 3535.