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Carnivalesque echolalia
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 13th, 2003 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank god I fled school a decade before such terms hijacked the humanities departments. Which means that I must rely on the internet for some notion of what the word means. I found two attempts at definition:

1) "Performativity is the process for individuals of repeating and mimicking societal markers of gender." (http://icg.harvard.edu/~lit105/Class_Dictionary/Performativity.htm)
This definition claims to be the one used commonly in gender studies. One wonders why "socialization" wasn't good enough for them. Perhaps because the latter term is too generally understood, hence fails to fulfill the essential obfuscation function.

2) "Performativity: Modern criteria by which judgement is made on the basis of pragmatic performance or outcome. It is not acceptable to most postmodernists, who see it as an extension of the modern faith in reason. Postmodernists argue that performativity discourages diversity and autonomy, flexibility and openness."
Umm, uh, what? This definition fails to fulfill the most basic criterion of "definition", which is to be written in a language. It seems to be saying that performativity (singular) = judgemental criteria (plural), as in, "When I apply performativity to your paper, I keep coming up with a failing grade." You can see why "it" would not be acceptable to those who have no faith in the faith in reason.

I think "perfervidity" is a much better word.
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