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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INTRODUCTION, ANDREW PARKER, EVE KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK; Chapter 1 THE UNHAPPY PERFORMATIVE, TIMOTHY GOULD; Chapter 2 CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE, JOSEPH ROACH; Chapter 3 WRITING THE ABSENT POTENTIAL, SANDRA L. RICHARDS; Chapter 4 TRAUMATIC AWAKENINGS, CATHY CARUTH; Chapter 5 KATHARSIS, ANDREW FORD; Chapter 6 THE PLAY OF CONSCIENCE, STEPHEN ORGEL; Chapter 7 THE SHUDDER CATHARSIS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY PERFORMANCE, ELIN DIAMOND; Chapter 8 PERFORMATIVITY AND SPATIAL DISTINCTION, CINDY PATTON; Chapter 9 BURNING ACTS, JUDITH BUTLER;