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Levin, Amy K., 1957-

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Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality


First Person Singular (Plural) is a script and performance piece that explores female/feminine identity. The script, set for five female performers, is comprised of eight first person monologues, one group interactive sketch and an additional monologue that runs intermittently throughout the piece. The semi-autobiographical monologues discuss issues of particular concern to women such as rape, body image and the delegitimation of the feminine in Western religious tradition. Other monologues discuss topics of broad social concern such as acknowledging narrative bias, the silencing of democratic voice, and the importance of exploring one’s personal history and intellectual histories. Each monologue stands alone to express a particular experience in the life of a woman. Taken together, the monologues come to represent the many facets of a singular woman’s identity. The piece was performed live on Thursday, April 16,2001 to an audience of approximately 140 people at The House in DeKalb, Illinois. Both the script and a video tape copy of the live performance are available on file in the Northern Illinois University Honors Program Capstone archives and in the Northern Illinois University Women’s Studies Program Library.


23 unnumbered pages




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