Performativity and Performance

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Andrew Parker, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Routledge, Nov 5, 2013 - Art - 240 pages
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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.

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Contents

Performativity and Performance
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1 The Unhappy Performative
19
2 Culture and Performance in the CircumAtlantic World
45
Drama Performance and the Canon of AfricanAmerican Literature
64
4 Traumatic Awakenings
89
The Ancient Problem
109
6 The Play of Conscience
133
7 The Shudder of Catharsis in TwentiethCentury Performance
152
8 Performativity and Spatial Distinction the End of Aids Epidemiology
173
9 Burning ActsInjurious Speech
197
Bibliography
228
Contributors
238
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