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The Metaperformative and Gendered Space

  • Jenn Figg
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Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 106)

Abstract

The early Wittgenstein commits himself to the view that, if they are to be sensible, words can only point to the world and not to the pictorial form of the signifiers themselves. I criticize this thesis on two grounds. First, words are also Austinian instruments of performance. Second, words can depict both their pictorial and performative functions. I show this meta-relationship with respect to Julio Medem’s Lucía y el Sexo, Nan Goldin’s photographs, and Marnie Weber’s image juxtapositions. In drawing attention to showing what words can do, I suggest these that artists exploit the fact that words can show what words do in order to complexify our understanding of womanhood and gender.

Keywords

Sexual Object Naked Body Sexual Dependency Gender Space Naked Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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