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Can I just substitute an interpretive dance in place of a list?

Although I am generally of the opinion that I would never be a member of a club that would have someone like me as a member, I decided to give this a try.

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  1. "Foucault" in "Dictionnaire des philosophes" 1984, - Maurice Florence

 

  1. Distinction - Bourdieu

 

  1. El Laberinto de la Soledad - Paz

 

  1. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Goffman

 

  1. Borderlands/La Frontera - Anzaldua

 

  1. The Interpretation of Cultures  - Geertz

 

  1. Aberrations in Black - Ferguson

 

  1. Ain't I a Woman  - bell hooks

 

  1. Giving an Account of Oneself - Butler

 

  1. Selections from the Prison Notebooks - Gramsci


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Comments

Re: General opener

Theory is performed through a set of literary devices.

Huh?

Re: General opener

Exactly.

Re: General opener

I meant linguistic devices. This point about theory using linguistic devices seems so obvious (theoretical works use metaphors, analogies; also theory uses literary devices such as allegory) that I can see why when I write things like "all theory is performed" it comes off as hog wash. "Performance," "performativity" and "performance studies" are overlapping and distinctly understood by different disciplines. I will draw out the implications to the performance point, and why I think reading theory as performed is important, in my reply to a priori for the Anzaldua question.

Re: General opener

I don't know what literary theory you have read, but there is a lot of it that is not metaphorical or allegorical. In fact, much theory is intended to elucidate those devices. But, I also know of the general bias' again literary theory--one of them being the jargon.

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I don't think that all theory is performance and metaphor. I agree that most literary theory is about analyzing rather than linguistic and literary devices. What I like about the Anzaldua is that it uses these devices not just to illustrate a theory that is taken as logically coherent and true before being exemplified, but instead, relies on these devices to build a rich and complex theory, one that is performed and cannot be separated from its performance.