Autobiographical Performance: Father-Son Relationship in John Mortimer’s A Voyage Round My Father

Authors

  • Asst. Lect. Alaa Radhi Makki Ministry of Education / Wasit Education Directorate

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31185/lark.Vol3.Iss51.3121

Keywords:

Keywords: Autobperformanceiographical , self-Rev, father-son relationship, personal life, memoir, self- referential, John Mortimer, A Voyage Round My father

Abstract

Autobiographical performance is a form of drama where the playwright uses his own life story as a source for his work, and he/ she blends truth and fiction to form a personal catharsis or a political appeal. The aim of this paper is to examine the notion of Autobiographical Performance, especially in relation to the theme of father-son relationship. Many writers, throughout the history of literature, pay a significant attention to familial relationships, and  some modern writers use their own life as a row material for their writing to present this issue. This usage has different aims  and modes which are either a therapeutic method or an art form. The English playwright, John Mortimer, is much influenced by his father, and in his play, A Voyage Round my Father, he uses the form of autobiographical performance. He writes a biography about his father and he focuses on his relationship with him. The present study tries to answer these questions:  What is meant by Autobiographical Performance? What are the modes of this form? And What is the difference between these two modes (Autobiographical Performance and Self-Rev)? This study focuses on the Autobiographical Performance, and it also refers to Self-Rev to  distinguish between the two modes.

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2023-09-30

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Alaa Radhi Makki, A. L. . (2023). Autobiographical Performance: Father-Son Relationship in John Mortimer’s A Voyage Round My Father. Lark, 15(6), 865-849. https://doi.org/10.31185/lark.Vol3.Iss51.3121