“Who Am I without My Story?”: Uncertainties of Identity (Presentation) in Performed Autobiographical Storytelling
This article addresses issues of self in narrative by drawing on insights from the author’s research, which looks at the impact and function of performed storytelling in post–peace-accord Northern Ireland . In particular, it draws attention to the challenges and difficulties in relation to identity that may arise when autobiographical narratives are told in public and on a stage . Its analyses refer to a case study in which individuals who were directly or indirectly affected by the violent conflict in Northern Ireland participated in an autobiographical performance project through which they themselves narrated and performed their life stories on a theater stage . While most participants experienced the process of constructing and sharing their story in public as empowering, to some, it caused feelings of uncertainty and distress . This article explores possible reasons for such struggles .
"“Who Am I without My Story?”: Uncertainties of Identity (Presentation) in Performed Autobiographical Storytelling,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 11:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol11/iss2/5