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The Explicit Body in Performance by Rebecca Schneider

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Epilog: returning from the dead

A writer – by which I mean … the subject of a praxis – must have the persistence of the watcher who stands at the crossroads of all other discourses, in a position that is trivial in respect to purity of doctrine (trivialis is the etymological attribute of the prostitute who waits at the intersection of three roads.)

Tania Modleski quoting Shoshana Feldman quoting Roland Barthes (1991:52)

Though a commodity may at first sight appear to be “a very trivial thing, and easily understood … it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.”

Luce Irigaray quoting Karl Marx (1985a: 182)

If, as Irigaray cites Marx, the commodity appears trivial on “first sight,” what is ...

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