Title

Writing Chandra Levy: Real life, ritual, revision

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Department

Communications & Journalism

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1080/10462937.2010.526241

First Page

50

Last Page

67

Publication Title

Text and Performance Quarterly

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