Performativity and Performance

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Art - 239 pages
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

The Unhappy Performative
19
Culture and Performance in the CircumAtlantic World
45
Drama Performance
64
Traumatic Awakenings
89
The Ancient Problem
109
The Play of Conscience
133
The Shudder of Catharsis in TwentiethCentury Performance
152
Burning ActsInjurious Speech
197
Bibliography
228
Contributors
238
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Andrew Parker is Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Neuman Ivey White Professor of English at Duke University.

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