This book will constitute an original intervention into
longstanding but insistently relevant debates around the
significance of notions of `performativity' to the critical
analysis of early modern drama. In particular, the book aims to:
show how the investigation of performativity can enable readings of
Shakespeare and Jonson that challenge the dominant methodological
frameworks within which those plays have come to be read;
demonstrate that the thought of performativity does not come to
rest in the simplicity of method or instrumentality, and that it
resists its own claim that language and action might be understood
as unproblematically instrumental; demonstrate that this
self-resistance occurs or takes place as a moment in the process of
articulating the claims of the performative, and that this process
is itself in an important sense dramatic.
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||Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
• Mark Robson
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