The Age Performances of Peggy Shaw: Intersection, Interoception and Interruption

Bridie Moore

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This chapter argues that contemporary performance can trouble normative scripts of ageing femininity and examines the work of veteran performer Peggy Shaw, particularly her performances A Menopausal Gentleman (1998) Must: The Inside Story (2009) and Ruff (2013), in order to illuminate the ways that Shaw disrupts the specific identity position of ‘old woman’ and offers a multifaceted performance of the old, female body. The chapter engages concepts of ‘intersection’ (Kimberle Crenshaw, 1988), and ‘interoception’ (Drew Leder, 1990) in order to analyse Shaw’s subversion of behavioural scripts to which the aged female body is subject. It also examines how interruption, as a strategy employed in Ruff, negotiates the cognitive, material and professional status of Shaw's post-stroke body, and produces an explicitly fragile age-performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgeing Women in Literature and Visual Culture
Subtitle of host publicationReflections, Refractions, Reimaginings
EditorsCathy McGlynn, , Margaret O'Neil, Michaela Schrage-Früh
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Pages73 - 92
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319636092
ISBN (Print)9783319636085
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2017


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