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Concerning ConsequencesStudies in Art, Destruction, and Trauma$
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Kristine Stiles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226774510

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304403.001.0001

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1.1.78—2.2.78: Lynn Hershman’s Roberta Breitmore (1978)1

1.1.78—2.2.78: Lynn Hershman’s Roberta Breitmore (1978)1

(p.109) 1.1.78—2.2.78: Lynn Hershman’s Roberta Breitmore (1978)1
Concerning Consequences

Kristine Stiles

University of Chicago Press

This chapter talks about Lynn Hershman's fictional persona and alter ego called Roberta Breitmore, written between January 1, 1978 and February 2, 1978. Here the author mimes the two voices in Hershman's doubling as Roberta Breitmore and represents the odd double exigencies of someone who functioned in the role of both a scholar and an artist. Each voice is not quite what it wants to be: one has a scholarly tone, the other a not quite street slang. She describes Roberta Breitmore as an indistinct character existing on our perimeter, a vacant participant in psychotherapy, Art openings, EST, Zen Center, Weight Watchers, her own neighborhood. Since Roberta was exposed, she multiplied into Other look-alikes. She is an object contained both by the city of San Francisco's Space and the locale's time. Roberta calls her own doubling, Schizophrenia, a Representation that is pretty much the popularization of one version of Madness.

Keywords:   doubling, Lynn Hershman, Roberta Breitmore, psychotherapy, art, San Francisco, schizophrenia, madness

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