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ERIC Number: EJ906570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Telling Katrina Stories: Problems and Opportunities in Engaging Disaster
Bowman, Michael S.; Bowman, Ruth Laurion
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v96 n4 p455-461 Nov 2010
As the fifth anniversary of life-changing events like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita approaches, the authors talk about the problems those who reside at the site of the disaster face in keeping those events alive in public memory and in making them an ongoing issue for deliberation in the public sphere. In short, then, the authors address the problems of talking about Katrina and the failure of the levees in New Orleans in the context of the burden of the relationship between scholarship and public/political engagement. As performance studies scholars, the authors look at such events in general in narrative terms, as a set of scholarly problems in and opportunities for storytelling. In this case, however, they find their scholarship "engaged" by an even more immediate need to take every available opportunity to talk about these events. Here, they begin by using their lived experience with the catastrophe of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to identify the specific problems that animated their own performative engagements. Following that, they offer some suggestions concerning the possible forms of such scholarly engagements. (Contains 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana