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dc.contributor.advisorGILL, CAROL J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorThrower, Terri L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-21T17:57:24Z
dc.date.available2015-07-21T17:57:24Z
dc.date.available2017-07-22T09:30:18Z
dc.date.copyrightCopyright 2015 Terri L. Thrower
dc.date.created2015-05en_US
dc.date.issued2015-07-21
dc.date.submitted2015-05en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/19559
dc.description.abstractThis research investigated the relationship between personal experiences and artistic representations using qualitative methods. Interviews were conducted with 2 disabled women performers, and discussions focused on a solo autobiographical performance work selected by each artist. Because mainstream depictions of disabled people fail to accurately portray disabled lives, relying more on stereotypes, metaphors, and tired narratives than on lived experiences or self-representations of disabled people, a gap exists between representation and reality. In other words, the more disabled characters are typically represented in dominant culture, the less that actual people with disabilities are visible, included, understood, or relevant in society. By examining disabled artists’ self-representations, this research revealed specific experiences, identities, and political and cultural expression that mainstream representations often preclude. Three in-depth interviews were conducted with each artist, as well as thematic analyses of performance texts. The participants were given opportunities to interact with analyzed data—a combination of thematic analyses of the performance text with previous interview data—and provide feedback, clarification, and additional analysis. This process created interplay and interaction between artist and work, experiences and artistic depictions, and researcher, participant, and data. Results offered information on several categories: interrogating cultural designations and assumptions, re-articulating disability experience into art, self-representation and identity, creating disability culture, and the visibly disabled body in performance. Additional themes emerged, including performance strategies and each artist’s underlying disability perspective. The strategies and perspectives revealed powerful models for alternative disability representations that may narrow the “representational gap” between dominant depictions of disability and disabled people’s lived “reality.” The findings suggest that new, alternative ways of representing disability exist and must be studied further, particularly through similar studies on films, television episodes, and plays written, produced, and/or directed by disabled people. Research on audience perception changes following alternative disability media should also be done to investigate the effectiveness of these models.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectdisabilityen_US
dc.subjectperformanceen_US
dc.subjectdisability cultureen_US
dc.subjectrepresentationen_US
dc.subjectperspectivesen_US
dc.subjectidentityen_US
dc.subjectdisability artsen_US
dc.titleRe-imagining Disability: Performance Art and the Artists' Perspectivesen_US
thesis.degree.departmentDisability and Human Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.disciplineDisability Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePhD, Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSANDAHL, CARRIEen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHAMMEL, JOYen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDAVIS, LENNARD J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFERRIS, JAMESen_US
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