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Title: Performativity and performance
Authors: Lloyd, Moya S.
Keywords: Linguistic performativity
Gender performativity
Gender performance
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: LLOYD, M., 2015. Performativity and performance. IN: Disch, L. and Hawkesworth, M. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 572-592.
Abstract: This article explores the concepts of performativity and performance in feminist theory. It begins by examining the idea of gender performativity in the work of Judith Butler, tracing its development from her earliest writings through to Gender Trouble and Bodies that Matter, and showing how Butler’s initial argument draws from phenomenology, and from performance studies (where acts are understood in theatrical terms). This is followed by a discussion of gender understood ethnomethodologically as a type of routine performance or form of “doing”. The second half of the article focuses on linguistic theories of performativity, derived from J. L. Austin and Jacques Derrida, and how they have been used by feminists such as Catharine MacKinnon, Rae Langton, and Judith Butler to illustrate pornography and hate-speech. After a discussion of the performativity of pornography, the focus turns to citationality, resignification, and “talking-back”.
Description: This book chapter was accepted for publication in the book The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org//10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199328581.013.30
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199328581.013.30
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17497
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org//10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199328581.013.30
ISBN: 9780199328581
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