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Authors: Virgili, Elisa
Title: Performaatività del linguaggio e risignificazione dei termini nella costruzione delle identità di genere.
Abstract: This thesis aims to investigate the concept of performativity in the meaning given to it by the American philosopher Judith Butler. This means that this research refers to the Gender Studies' and Queer Theory's ambit of which the aforementioned scholar is one of the major representatives. In particular we chose to deepen the concept of performativity of language (beginning from the “speech act theory” analysis by philosopher John Austin) and its relation with gender. Thus we try to clarify in which sense gender is performative, to investigate which are its relations with the body and finally to evaluate if a resignification of the terms is possible, always referring to Butler's theories. The structure of the thesis in its first half remains without doubt within the field of theoretic and critical treatment, in the second half instead it searches for confirmation of the theories in question by analysing some case studies. What emerged is that the subjects always establish themselves in a double dynamic of subjection and subjectivity, they're vulnerable bodies but also capable of “agency” and these gendered bodies can be constructed by words in a performative manner, at the same time though the individuals themselves can speak and change the order of that discourse.
Keywords: Performatività, linguaggio, genere, risignificazione, Butler.
Issue Date: 2016
Language: ita
Doctoral course: Filosofia delle Scienze Sociali e della Comunicazione Simbolica
Academic cycle: 28
Publisher: Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Citation: Virgili, E.Performaatività del linguaggio e risignificazione dei termini nella costruzione delle identità di genere. (Doctoral Thesis, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, 2016).

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