Performativity and Performance

ISBN-10: 0415910552
ISBN-13: 9780415910552
Edition: 1996
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Description: From the age of Aristotle to the age of AIDS, writers, thinkers, performers and activists have wresteled with what "performance" is all about. Suddenly, theatre studies has transformed itself the study of plays to the study of performance. At the  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/24/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

From the age of Aristotle to the age of AIDS, writers, thinkers, performers and activists have wresteled with what "performance" is all about. Suddenly, theatre studies has transformed itself the study of plays to the study of performance. At the same moment, "performativity"--a new concept in language theory--has become a ubiquitous term in literary studies. What do these transformations have to do with one another. Is "performativity" necessarily theatrical? Are performances necessarily `performative'? This volume of new work by leading scholars in a range of fields 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, in the sentences we speak. Essays reexplore the classical definition of katharsis, its reinvention in the Renaiissance, performance in circum-Atlantic cultures and in African American literature, in Austin's language theory, ideas in twentieth-centuryperformance, and the performative nature of language in activism and hate speech legislation. Performativity and Performancetakes stock of the uses, implications, reimagined histories, and new opportunities these changing concepts now embrace. Contributors:Judith Butler, Elin Diamond, Andrew Ford, Timothy Gould, Stephen Orgel, Cindy Patton, Andrew Parker, Joseph Roach, Sandra L. Richards, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is the author of Tendencies, The Coherence of Gothic Conventions, and Epistemology of the Closet.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Performativity and Performance
The Unhappy Performative
Culture and Performance in the Circum-Atlantic World
Writing the Absent Potential: Drama, Performance, and the Canon of African-American Literature
Traumatic Awakenings
Katharsis: The Ancient Problem
The Play of Conscience
The Shudder of Catharsis in Twentieth-Century Performance
Performativity and Spatial Distinction: The End of AIDS Epidemiology
Burning Acts - Injurious Speech
Bibliography
Contributors

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