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The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with J. L. Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages
What is a promise? What are the consequences of the act of promising? In this bold yet subtle meditation, the author contemplates the seductive promise of speech and the seductive promise of love. Imagining an encounter between Molière’s Don Juan and J. L. Austin, between a mythical figure of the French classical theater and a twentieth-century philosopher, she explores th ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 19th 2002 by Stanford University Press
(first published 1980)
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Peguei esse livro para ler para tentar entender melhor os atos de fala e os atos de fala performativos, a partir das teorias dos filólogos e linguistas J. L. Austin e Emele Beneviste. Shoshana Felman analisa a peça Don Juan, de Molière, para investigar a sedução e a promessa inserida dentro dos atos de fala. Com o nome "o escândalo do corpo que fala", Felman também se utiliza de pressupostos nietzschianos e freudianos aliados à filosofia da linguagem para dar base aos seus pressupostos. Mas real ...more
I came to this book for the J. L. Austin more than the Don Juan--for the speech act theory more than the literary criticism. I don't have much of a background in French literature (Felman works primarily with Moliere's play Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue), so the section on Don Juan ("The Perversion of Promising") was, though interesting, a little tough for me to follow. But then! The way Felman reads Austin, and reads Don Juan alongside Austin, was revelatory. Just as Felman notes hersel ...more
I imagine I would have benefited more from this book if I had any familiarity--at all--with Moliere's Don Juan or with Austinian theory. Nevertheless, Felman is an astute reader of both who is more than happy to lead her reader by the hand through the history of speech act & performative theory in both a philosophical and linguistic context. Indeed, Felman's argument suggests that Austin's true 'scandal' is in exceeding the very boundaries erected between linguistics, philosophy, and psychoa ...more
One of my favorite responses to Austin--light enough to be readable, but progresses questions Austin raises. (Or are all of these books just different "readings" of Austin? Ugh. I feel like the pressure's on to be deep now that I've started adding professors to my Goodreads friends...) Anyway, the body-and-mind (not mind/body) relationship hangs together rather nicely and I like the idea of reading an artifact into a theory as well as a theory against an artifact. Neat.