o       Life on the stage hints, too, at the core of contradictions and paradox that define Vivian’s life: Look at film clips from Chapter 12: “Outwitted” – we see an attempt to claim agency.  The language superimposed on her body highlights, however, one of the films’ central ironies: she is the text: “me” is reduced to a “specimen jar”. “In the Grand Rounds they read me like a book. Once I did the teaching; now I am taught” (Chapter 9).