Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter

  title={Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter},
  author={Karen Barad},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={801 - 831}
  • Karen Barad
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Art
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
L anguage has been granted too much power. The linguistic turn, the semiotic turn, the interpretative turn, the cultural turn: it seems that at every turn lately every “thing”—even materiality—is turned into a matter of language or some other form of cultural representation. The ubiquitous puns on “matter” do not, alas, mark a rethinking of the key concepts (materiality and signification) and the relationship between them. Rather, it seems to be symptomatic of the extent to which matters of… 
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