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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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Re: General opener

That all theory is performed does not mean that all that theory is, is performance. By theory is performed I do mean something similar to apriori's 'promulgating through presentation'. Theory is performed through a set of literary devices.

A difference between the performance of theory and the performance of gender is that the latter is performative. Butler argues that there is no gendered core that individuals can be said to "express." Instead, the performance of gender creates the substance of gender (performativity: constructing the object posited through the utterance). Theory can be performative, but it is not necessarily. Some theories, like those of free market capitalism, are taken up and implemented. Those policies and programs embedded within the logic of theories of the free market make the social world more like the world described in the theory. In this case theory is performative. A typical form of the theory I am using in this example relies on the figure of the individual, utility maximizing, rational actor. The metaphor of the invisible hand, the narrative of economic and technical progress liberating western nations from the toil of labor, and mathematical formulas are common elements of this theory.

Theory is performed through the production of texts. Gender is a corporeal practice. Gender is performed through stylizing bodily practices, theory is performed through the production, circulation, and criticism of texts. There is a textual component of gender. Gender is constructed through popular culture, medical, juridical, sociological, sartorial, and other texts. Gender is also textural, gender is a form of embodiment and thus has a sensual component. Uses of the body do not just emanate from theories of the body (ideas, beliefs, and theories of the body), they also arise form a sense of the body and its capabilities (a habitus).

I will address the question of what it means to perform theory in my reply to apriori.

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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.

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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.