Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 185 pages
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With the same intellectual courage with which she addressed issues of gender, Judith Butler turns her attention to speech and conduct in contemporary political life, looking at several efforts to target speech as conduct that has become subject to political debate and regulation. Reviewing hate speech regulations, anti-pornography arguments, and recent controversies about gay self-declaration in the military, Judith Butler asks whether and how language acts in each of these cultural sites.
  

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I gave it two stars, not for the content, but for the writing style. It's extremely dense, overly complicated and hardly accessible to people who are not familiar with her field. Which is a shame with ... Read full review

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Butler makes some really original and persuasive points regarding hate speech, Don't Ask Don't Tell, and pornography. However, I felt her writing got repetitive. Although I know this was meant to ... Read full review

Contents

Theory by Design
25
Abstraction in the Video Game
47
A Method
67
Postmodern Identity Patterns in Massively
87
Psychoanalysis and the Avatar
103
Video Games Media
129
Studying Sexuality
171
Video Games and Configurative Performances
195
Introduction to Ludology
221
The Example
237
Interactive Storytelling
259
History Narrative and Temporality in Combat
275
The First Thirty
303
About the Contributors
327
Copyright

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Judith Butler is Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Her previous books include Gender Trouble (Routledge, 1990), and Bodies That Matter (Routledge, 1993).

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