In Scripting Identity: Writing Cultural Experience, Theresa Carilli explores how understanding one's identity can assist in the process of writing a performative script. After a brief review of how the Performance Studies discipline interprets the act of performative writing, Carilli shares her own methodology for creating performative texts. By introducing the concept of the primary narrative-the story that is at the core of one's identity-the study demonstrates how several of her students at a working-class university campus (surrounded and influenced by a steel mill culture) exemplify how the primary narrative operates in their narrative creations. With the proposed methodology and scripts as examples, Carilli builds dialogue about new ways to study the communication process.
Theresa Carilli, Ph.D., is a Professor of Communication and Creative Arts at Purdue University Calumet. She has written two books of plays, Women as Lovers and Familial Circles, and co-edited two anthologies: Cultural Diversity and the U.S. Media and Women and the Media: Diverse Perspectives. Carilli has guest-edited Voices in Italian Americana and the Global Media Journal. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Part 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 The Great Hartford Circus Fire Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Performative Writing and the Primary Narrative Chapter 5 Scripting Identity Using the Primary Narrative Chapter 6 Adrienne Viramontes: I Had Been A White Reflection Script One: Deconstructing the Oreo Chapter 7 Dave Fanno: The Pit! Script Two: The Coke Plant Chapter 8 Jennifer Bianchi: I Was Terrified Script Three: A Letter to Sam Chapter 9 Erin Okamoto Protsman: The Child, The Flower, and The Rifle Script Four: Excerpt from Without Due Process Chapter 10 Ami Kleminski: Cross-dressing to Survive Script Five: I Am Not Contained between My Boots and My Hat Chapter 11 William Boggs: What My Father Taught Me Script Six: June Bug's House and Photographs and Memories Part 12 Afterword: Identity and Human Communication Part 13 References Part 14 About the Author