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"Zwrot performatywny" we współczesnej humanistyce
The performative turn in the humanities

Author(s): Ewa Domańska
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Performativism; humanitites; socio-political reality.

Summary/Abstract: This paper analyses the so-called performative turn, observable in the American humanities, and discusses its characteristic properties. Attempt is made to answer the questions: Why can we observe in the humanities of today an intensified interest in performances and performativity? And, why are performance and performativity important to investigation of the past? I argue that the performative turn is indicative of a shift in the objective of investigating into the past: from an afterthought in view of looking for the truth into a proactive operation on the present, aiming at bringing about specific changes, as e.g. in the social-political reality.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 48-61
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish