Date of Award

12-1-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Speech Communication

First Advisor

Gingrich-Philbrook, Craig

Abstract

This thesis begins the process toward a concept of [authenticity] that is both fragmented and performative. I outline a history in philosophy and performance studies where authenticity has been deployed, and demonstrate how it is often tied to modernist ideologies. I then offer "[authenticity]," with brackets, as a means to allow for this term to challenge these modernist conceptions of the self. I then track the ways in which "[authenticity]" opens the possibilities for a new approach to performing by exploring my performance of the poem, "Hydrangeas."

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