Performatives After Deconstruction

2014.08.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mauro Senatore (ed.), Performatives After Deconstruction, Bloomsbury, 2013, 253pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781441123466.
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2014.08.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mauro Senatore (ed.), Performatives After Deconstruction, Bloomsbury, 2013, 253pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781441123466. Reviewed by Vernon W. Cisney, Gettysburg College Every contribution in this outstanding collection demonstrates that if deconstruction 'appropriates' the performative that finds its roots in the tradition of speech act theory, it is in order to push its logic to the point where it becomes unrecognizable. The 'performative' in speech act theory is a linguistic execution that, by its announcement, enacts the event that it announces. Standard examples of such speech acts are promises, wedding vows, clergy pronouncements of marriage, baptisms, declarations of war and peace, etc. However, what all of these localized performatives share is their lack of any genetic justification for the agents who make the pronouncements -- it is assumed a priori that the subject who 'performs' the performative. . .

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