Writing Chandra Levy: Real life, ritual, revision
Communications & Journalism
This piece explores how national events affect art by chronicling one author's writing process. Specifically, this piece looks at how September 11, 2001, affected the writing of a play about missing intern Chandra Levy. Though overshadowed by the nation-changing events, the scandal surrounding Levy's disappearance was a top news story in the summer of 2001. This essay explores one author's writing process as a play morphed in the face of national cataclysm. By tracing and describing revision, the piece explores how an academic exercise about the liminality of "missing-ness" turned into a religious ritual promoting compassion. © 2011 National Communication Association.
Text and Performance Quarterly
Eshelman, D. J. (2011). Writing Chandra Levy: Real Life, Ritual, Revision. Text and Performance Quarterly, 31(1), 50–67. https://doi.org/10.1080/10462937.2010.526241