Valentine’s Day 2020, (AKA My Partner Smashed My Egg in The Car on Valentine’s Day)

Scarrott, Emily (2021) Valentine’s Day 2020, (AKA My Partner Smashed My Egg in The Car on Valentine’s Day). Roehampton Journal for Academic and Creative Writing, 3 (1). p. 3. ISSN 2514-2070

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'Valentine’s Day 2020' documents a key moment in my performance-led research. My PhD utilises absurdist practice to challenge a prescribed ‘meaning’ of non-male identities, based on the values of biological reproductivity. Absurdism is traditionally communicated with cis-male examples, whereas this research argues that the experiences of women, trans, and non-binary people are far more appropriate. Specifically, my research is led by ongoing performance of nurturing care towards a single, unfertilised chicken’s egg. This act is an antagonism of the capitalist expectations of my egg-making body. The experimental text exposes a synergic moment in which an egg-making body and a worm-making body work in opposition to heteronormative expectation. The occurrence falls at a point in the calendar which customarily capitalises upon heterosexual relationships and the romance of reproductivity. In my critical commentary, I will discuss the importance of the egg’s breakage in my research narrative, along with my decision to document in this structure.

Item Type: Article
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1 July 2021Accepted
8 July 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Absurdism, Feminism, Performance Art, Anecdotal, Documentation, Care, Reproduction
Subjects: CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-05 - creative writing
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of Art and Design
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 10:36
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 17:19

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