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Loxley, James, 1968-

The author presents an account of the critical debates surrounding the idea of performativity and traces the history of the concept through the work of influential theorists. He not only offers a path through challenging critical terrain, but a new understanding of just what is at stake in the exploration of the field

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: James Loxley
ISBN: 0415329256, 0415329264, 9780415329255, 9780415329262
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 176 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: The new critical idiom
Subject: Linguistics; Performative (Philosophy); Performance


  1. Introduction
  2. 1. From the Performative to the Speech Act: J.L. Austin
  3. 2. Philosophy and Ordinary Language: Austin and Cavell
  4. 3. A General Theory of Speech Acts: Searle
  5. 4. Speech Acts, Fiction and Deconstruction: Searle, Fish and Derrida
  6. 5. Performativity, Iterability and Politics: Derrida and De Man
  7. 6. Being Performative: Butler
  8. 7. Performativity and Performance Theory

Author note

James Loxley is senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of several books and articles on seventeenth century drama and poetry and on literary theory and philosophy.