Politics of Practice

A Rhetoric of Performativity

  • Lynette Hunter

Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  3. Sociosituated, Alongside, Collaboration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
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  4. (rest, Form, Embodiment, Medium

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      Pages 103-103
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-278

About this book


This book discusses affective practices in performance through the study of four contemporary performers – Keith Hennessy, Ilya Noé, Caro Novella, and duskin drum – to suggest a tentative rhetoric of performativity generating political affect and permeating attempts at social justice that are often alterior to discourse. The first part of the book makes a case for the political work done alongside discourse by performers practising with materials that are not-known, in ways that are directly relevant to people carrying out their daily lives. In the second part of the book, four case study chapters circle around figures of irresolvable paradox – hendiadys, enthymeme, anecdote, allegory – that gesture to what is not-known, to study strategies for processes of becoming, knowing and valuing. These figures also shape some elements of these performances that make up a suggested rhetorical stance for performativity.


Aesthetics Ethics Rhetoric Street performance Participatory performance Performativity Affect Representation Collaboration

Authors and affiliations

  • Lynette Hunter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Theatre and DanceUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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