Date of Award

1-1-2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Speech Communication

First Advisor

Warren, John

Abstract

Black Eyez: Memoirs of a Revolutionary engages in an investigation of the performative relationship between race and color. It offers a review of the genesis of race as a political invention, to articulate the intersubjective relationship between Black Power ideology and the Black Aesthetic. By highlighting the historical recovery of Black subjectivity, I argue Black aestheticians produced a form of performative decolonization. I then suggest the use of ethnographic dramaturgy as both an informed approach to staging the self, as well as a space to offer my personal performance philosophy. The script "Sole/Daughter" is offered as an augmentation of The Revolutionary Theatre's paradigmatic assumptions.

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