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Jenny Douglas (University of Rochester)
In 2002, a special issue of SubStance focused on defining theatricality, both as a concept unto itself and in relation to the categories of performance and performativity. Josette Féral, the editor of the issue, presents her
definition of theatricality as a series of cleavages involving an act of recognition by the spectator. The first cleavage involves separating the event from its everyday surroundings; the second involves opposing reality and fiction; the third occurs within the actor and involves the tension between instinctive and symbolic behavior. Féral’s definition, and several others within the issue, focuses on theatricality and performativity as disjunctions or gaps within a signifying system and within one’s perception of an environment. Eli Rozik’s article, for example, further explains the tension within the actor as the “coexistence of elements in the same human body serving as both producer of signs and material medium of images” (120). Rozik’s explanation here, couched within a definition of theatricality that centers around acting, also evokes theories of performativity—specifically, the ways in which gender is performatively constituted.
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