LRO 368: “Performative Jouissance and Analytic Act”

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When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

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LRO 368
18th January 2023

 




Performative Jouissance and Analytic Act[1]
Éric Laurent | Paris, France

Judith Butler's political project is that of a gathering of minority and disparate communities founded on an LGBTQI+ type of gender or racial identification, as the various movements of the black, Latino or Indian communities may embody in the United States. In Eric Marty's critical study of the theoretical framework underlying this project, the notion of the performative as an operator that allows passing from self-assertion to community belonging plays a central role. The self-determination of sex through gender is posited as performative and as performance. The assimilation of these two distinct registers of performance is claimed. The performance of sex is exemplified by the drag queen show, and the performative of sex is expressed in the teeming nominations of sexual practices in which everyone must recognise and name themselves. "Such acts, gestures, and enactments, are performative in the sense that the essence or identity that they otherwise purport to express are fabrications manufactured and sustained through corporeal signs and other discursive means."[2]… [Read full article]

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