Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Thoughts and Things$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Leo Bersani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226206059

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226206196.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 18 May 2022



(p.15) 2 Illegitimacy
Thoughts and Things

Leo Bersani

University of Chicago Press

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

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.