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Performativity and Performance (Essays from the English Institute)


From the age of Aristotle to the age of AIDS, writers, thinkers, performers and activists have wresteled with what "performance" is all about. At the same moment, "performativity"--a new concept in language theory--has become a ubiquitous term in literary studies. This volume grapples with the nature of these two key terms whose traces can be found everywhere: in the theatre, in the streets, in philosophy, in questions of race and gender, and in the sentences we speak.

Subjects: Speech acts (Linguistics); Performance Notes: Papers presented at the English Institute, 1993. Includes bibliographical references and index.


The unhappy performative / Timothy Gould

Culture and performance in the circum-Atlantic world / Joseph Roach

Writing the absent potential : drama, performance, and the canon of African-American literature / Sandra L. Richards

Katharsis : the ancient problem / Andrew Ford

The play of conscience / Stephen Orgel

The shudder of catharsis in twentieth-century performance / Elin Diamond

Performativity and spatial distinction : the end of AIDS epidemiology / Cindy Patton

Burning acts - injurious speech / Judith Butler

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