The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with J.L. Austin, Or Seduction in Two Languages
What is a promise? What are the consequences of the act of promising? In this bold yet subtle meditation, the author contemplates the seductive promise of speech and the seductive promise of love. Imagining an encounter between Molière’s Don Juan and J. L. Austin, between a mythical figure of the French classical theater and a twentieth-century philosopher, she explores the relation between speech and the erotic, using a literary text as the ground for a telling encounter between philosophy, linguistics, and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory. In the years since the publication of this book (which the author today calls “the boldest, the most provocative, but also the most playful” she has written), speech act theory has continued to play a central and defining role in the theories of sexuality, gender, performance studies, post-colonial studies, and cultural studies. This book remains topical as readers increasingly discover how multiply relevant the speaking body is.
Moving beyond the domain of formal linguistic analysis to address these questions, the author has written a daring and seductive book.
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Review: The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with JL Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)User Review - Jamie - Goodreads
I imagine I would have benefited more from this book if I had any familiarity--at all--with Moliere's Don Juan or with Austinian theory. Nevertheless, Felman is an astute reader of both who is more ... Read full review
Review: The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with JL Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)User Review - Mary - Goodreads
One of my favorite responses to Austin--light enough to be readable, but progresses questions Austin raises. (Or are all of these books just different "readings" of Austin? Ugh. I feel like the ... Read full review
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