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Queer exceptionsSolo performance in neoliberal times$
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Stephen Greer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526113696

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526113696.001.0001

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The martyr: dramaturgies of endurance, exhaustion and confession

The martyr: dramaturgies of endurance, exhaustion and confession

(p.50) 2 The martyr: dramaturgies of endurance, exhaustion and confession
Queer exceptions

Stephen Greer

Manchester University Press

Drawing on the cultural tradition of the martyr as a figure whose suffering confirms the truth of his testimony to a cause, this chapter examines the precarious terms on which singular individuals are allowed – or called upon – to speak for themselves and others. Moving from live art practices of self-injury where blood is really flowing through performative renditions of endurance to works which invoke the logic of the confessional, it examines the narratives of self-sacrifice and redemption which surround martyrdom – and the contemporary works which challenge their logic. Featured practitioners: Ron Athey, Kira O’Reilly, Franko B, Eddie Ladd, Adrian Howells, Scottee.

Keywords:   Martyrdom, Endurance, Exhaustion, Confession, Autobiographical performance, The explicit body, Blood, Witnessing, Testimony

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