Mouth ghosts: the taste of the os-text
This chapter proposes a radical connection between femininity and orality. In particular it proposes the new term 'os-text' to describe the relationship between writing and speaking one's own text in performance. The 'os-text' incorporates the uttering mouths (the 'os'), the kissing (osculation) of words into being, and the oscillation between writing and speaking. Examining the work of half/angel as example, the chapter develops the idea of the 'os-text' in relation to the feminist theory of Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray.
Jools Gilson-Ellis , Jools Gilson , Helene Cixous , A Mouthful of Birds , Caryl Churchill , Luce Irigaray , Ruth Salvaggio , Femininity , Mouthpiece , Orality , Performance , os-text
Gilson-Ellis, J. (2003) 'Mouth Ghosts: The Taste of the Os-Text', in de Gay, J. and Goodman, L. (eds). Languages of Theatre Shaped by Women, Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 153-175. isbn: 1871516781
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