Judith Butler and Subjectivity

The Possibilities and Limits of the Human

Authors: Shams, Parisa

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  • Offers an analysis of the transgressive self in dramatic literature
  • Considers Judith Butler's critique of identity and human agency
  • Explores the concept of human beings as political and ethical agents capable of resisting formative forces of power and responding – ethically – to the call of others
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This book contextualises philosophy by bringing Judith Butler’s critique of identity into dialogue with an analysis of the transgressive self in dramatic literature. The author draws on Butler’s reflections on human agency and subjectivity to offer a fresh perspective for understanding the political and ethical stakes of identity as formed within a complex web of relations with human and non-human others. The book first positions a detailed analysis of Butler’s theory of subject formation within a broader framework of feminist philosophy and then incorporates examples and case studies from dramatic literature to argue that the subject is formed in relation to external forces, yet within its formation lies a space for transgressing the same environments and relations that condition the subject’s existence. By virtue of a fundamental dependency on conditions and relations that bring human beings into existence, they emerge as political and ethical agents capable of resisting the formative forces of power and responding – ethically – to the call of others.

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Parisa Shams is an Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia, where she completed her PhD in English and Cultural Studies. Her research interests lie at the intersections of philosophy and literature, and more recently, also in critical discourse analysis and education.

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“Putting the philosophical writings of Judith Butler into conversation with dramatic literature, Parisa Shams provides a lucid and original account of subjectivity as both an ethical process and performative practice. With precision and intelligence, she examines how ethical agency and transgression are made possible by the same norms and conditions that regulate and constrain us and illuminates this by way of two well-crafted and insightful case studies centred on the plays of Howard Barker. The resulting analysis is both rich and insightful”--Moya Lloyd, Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Essex, UK

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Judith Butler and Subjectivity
Book Subtitle
The Possibilities and Limits of the Human
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-6051-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-6051-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-6050-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 81
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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