The Mystory: The Garage D'Or of Ereignis

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Title: The Mystory: The Garage D'Or of Ereignis
Authors: Mauer, Barry Jason
Keywords: Performance | Identity | Media environments | Mystory | Ereignis
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Citation: Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses. 2013, 26: 175-191. doi:10.14198/raei.2013.26.13
Abstract: The performance of identity involves impression management, social skills, and self-reflexivity. To perform identity in media environments involves writing our identities into being. Media environments have facilitated a new kind of selfhood—brand—in which we model our identities on celebrities. However, because brand identity has no ethical grounding, it raises legitimate concerns. To incorporate ethics, I perform my identity through mystory, Gregory Ulmer’s genre of reflexive writing. By composing a mystory, I consult with an avatar—which in Hindu tradition was a god descended into earthly form—that reveals my ethical condition and a pathway through it. This consultation functions as pharmakon (Derrida, 1995), revealing truths to me which both wound and heal. I use mystory to address a personal question, “How do I lead an ethical life?” and a policy problem: water pollution in Florida. The conclusion of this essay presents a response to this problem: a performance art piece designed to teach manatees about mortality.
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ISSN: 0214-4808 | 2171-861X (Internet)
DOI: 10.14198/raei.2013.26.13
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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