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Leo Bersani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226206059

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226206196.001.0001

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Illegitimacy

Illegitimacy

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(p.15) 2 Illegitimacy
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Thoughts and Things
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Leo Bersani

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226206196.003.0002

Through analyses of Jean Genet’s novel Our Lady of the Flowers, Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological theory, and Todd Haynes’s film Safe, this chapter investigates the desirability of our becoming unnamable. “New relational modes” (Foucault’s term) with the world become possible if we escape from the identities imposed on us (our “habitus”, as Bourdieu calls it) by the ways in which society names us.

Keywords:   performing gender, bodily identity, habitus, resistance, disappearance of the self

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