Performative Rhetorics Texts

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Note: I have provided downloadable pdfs of all the readings below under the Files tab on Canvas, but you must be logged in to see or download them (fair use). If you’d like to order the books for Austin, Butler, Derrida, and Searle, I’ve provided links through amazon. Your choice.

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

Barad, Karen. “Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2003, vol. 28, no. 3. 801-830.

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

Bennett, Jane. “A Vitalist Stopover on the Way to a New Materialism.” In Diana Coole and Samantha Frost. Introduction. New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics. Durham: Duke UP, 2010. 47-69.

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.

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 Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts (1886-1899) SE 1: 73-88

Jabr, Ferris. “How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence.” Scientific American. November 7, 2012. Web. April 27, 2017.

Kirby, Vicki. Selections from Quantum Anthropologies: Life At Large. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. (Chapters 1,3, & 5)

Miller, J. Hillis. “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.