Transgression unbound: subjectivity and subversion in Howard Barker’s The Castle

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    Abstract

    Critics have employed a wide range of post-structuralist theories to cast light on Howard Barker’s art of theatre, but the application of Judith Butler’s theories to Barker’s dramatic works has so far been neglected. In an attempt to fill the existing gap in the scholarship and criticism on Barker’s drama, this study will employ Judith Butler’s conceptions of fluid identity and subversive performativity as a theoretical framework to examine the presentation of transgressive subjectivity and the possibility of subversive agency in The Castle, where Barker’s innovative explorations of identity, sexuality, and freedom get manifestation through the characters’ transgressive identities and their re-significations of hegemonic institutions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)124-135
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Language, Literature and Culture
    Volume64
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017

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