Performative Rhetorics Texts

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Note: I have provided downloadable pdfs of all the readings below, but you must be logged in to see the links for them (fair use). I have also ordered the books for Austin, Butler, Derrida, and Searle, and you are welcome to purchase those at the bookstore or through amazon–or simply to work with the pdfs. Your choice.

Austin, J.L. How to do things with Words. Harvard UP, 2003.

Borch-Jacobsen, Mikkel. “Analytic Speech: From a Restricted to a General Rhetoric.” The Emotional Tie: Psychoanalysis, Mimesis, and Affect. Trans. Douglas Brick et al. Stanford UP, 1992: 62-74

Butler, Judith. Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. Routledge, 1997.

Critchley, Simon. “Remarks on Derrida and Habermas.” Constellations Volume 7, No 4, 2000. 455-465.

Davis, Diane. “Identification: Burke and Freud on Who You Are.” In Inessential Solidarity. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.

de Man, Paul. “Autobiography as Defacement. Rhetoric of Romanticism. New York: Columbia UP, 1984.

Derrida, Jacques. Limited Inc. Trans. Samuel Weber and Jeffery Mehlman. Northwestern UP, 1997.

Derrida, Jacques(1986) ‘Declarations of independence’, New Political Science, 7: 1, 7 — 15.

Derrida, Jacques. “Performative Powerlessness: A Response to Simon Critchley.” Constellations Volume 7, No 4, 2000. 466-468.

Felman, Shoshana. The Scandal of the Speaking Body. Stanford UP, 2003.

Freud, Sigmund. “Psychical Treatment.” In A Case of Hysteria, Three Essays on Sexuality, and Other Works (1901 – 1905) SE 7: 283-307.

Freud, Sigmund. Preface to Bernheim’s Suggestive Therapeutics. Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts (1886-1899) SE 1: 73-88

J. Hillis Miller. “Performativity as Performance /Performativity as Speech Act: Derrida’s Special Theory of Performativity.” South Atlantic Quarterly 106:2, Spring 2007. 219-235.

Ronell, Avital.”The Rhetoric of Testing.” In Stupidity. U of Illinois P, 2002.

Searle, John. Speech Acts: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language. Cambridge UP, 1997. Lectures TBA

Searle, John. “Reiterating the Differences: A Reply to Jacques Derrida.” 1977.