• Lynette HunterEmail author
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


Political affects result from doing performance politically, rather than doing political performance. These practices are explored through the study of four contemporary performers, to suggest a tentative rhetoric of performativity generating political affect and permeating attempts at social justice that are often alterior to discourse. The first three chapters lay out key rhetorical structures for grasping a politics of affect, and their argument 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. The four case study chapters circle around figures of irresolvable paradox—hendiadys, enthymeme, anecdote, allegory—that gesture to what is not-known and presence processes of becoming, knowing and valuing. These figures also shape some elements of the rhetorical stance of the performativity of the case study performances—(rest, form embodiment and medium—elements that are elaborated with detailed material from conversations with the performers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theatre and DanceUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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