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From the Stillness of Burgundy, Through the Movement of Bayou Blue, To the Embodiment of the Green of Change A Journey to Be(Com)ing a Self-Reflexive Oral History Performer


From the Stillness of Burgundy, Through the Movement of Bayou Blue, To the Embodiment of the Green of Change A Journey to Be(Com)ing a Self-Reflexive Oral History Performer

Remigio, Maria Luisa (Nisa) (2020) From the Stillness of Burgundy, Through the Movement of Bayou Blue, To the Embodiment of the Green of Change A Journey to Be(Com)ing a Self-Reflexive Oral History Performer. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In this thesis, I document my journey of transformation from a collector and disseminator of life stories to a self-reflexive oral history performer. The purpose of this study is to find my voice amongst the voices I interview/speak/perform/write, and identify the positioning of my performative-I in relation to others and self, while analyzing how this self-awareness affects my deep listening of interviewees and performance participants.

A feminist, phenomenological and autoethnographic approach will guide me. Performative inquiry, performative writing, storytelling, oral history and oral history performance are my tools. I diarize and examine my journey through the Master of Arts in the form of a research/creation oral history solo/participatory performance, entitled Stories of Courtship, Desire and Marriage.

I also detail my health journey, a brain injury and an autoimmune illness that affect my memory and movement, which is something that is ever present, at times unsettling, others encouraging, both are always a gateway to knowing. I cannot separate these two journeys.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Remigio, Maria Luisa (Nisa)
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:April 2020
Thesis Supervisor(s):Linds, Warren and Sotelo-Castro, Luis and High, Steven
Keywords:autoethnography, body, embodiment, emergent knowledge, empowerment, ethics, fiction, memory, narrative, oral history, oral history performance, pain, performative inquiry, performative social sciences, performative writing, performative-I, phenomenology, research/creation, senses, story, storytelling, voice
ID Code:986673
Deposited On:25 Jun 2020 19:11
Last Modified:25 Jun 2020 19:11
Additional Information:Author also goes by the name Nisa Remigio


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