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Emotional BodiesThe Historical Performativity of Emotions$
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Dolores Martín-Moruno and Beatriz Pichel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042898

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042898.001.0001

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(p.263) Afterword
Emotional Bodies
Dolores Martín-Moruno, Beatriz Pichel
University of Illinois Press

As a way of conclusion, the afterword comes back to Roland Barthes. His writings on photography and grief (Camera Lucida, 1993), and particularly his conception of the punctum as the element in the photograph that “pricks” you, illustrates how emotions do and undo the subject. Bringing together the main findings of the book, the afterword argues that the subject and its identity are, therefore, the result of the performative work of emotions. But this identity will be necessarily ephemeral, as it is only a particular configuration of a particular doing of emotions, which will be made and remade in each iteration.

Keywords:   Performativity, Emotions, Emotional Practices, Bodies, Identity, Barthes

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