• Spencer GolubEmail author
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


This short chapter serves as the book’s introduction. Beginning with the trope of Anne Frank’s secret annex and with that of the reader, it discovers that the space of self-enclosure can be read like a book with pages missing and new pages inserted that treat past time as pastime. This begins the narrative of finding replacement parts for a past that ghosts influence where causal links have long-since disappeared. A homeland is fictionally cited/sited/sighted from which nothing and no one can firmly derive any real sense of origin. Thus, begins a major theme in the book regarding the inauthenticity and possible irrelevance of origins. This puts history on notice, as it does logical thought and its various delivery systems.


Anne Frank Secret annex Self-enclosure Reading like a book Ghosts Homeland Origin Inauthenticity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theatre Arts and Performance StudiesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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