Unit 5 assignment 1 – Sarah


! : “Lemon seeks to ritualize the past, but not to monumentalize it.” – The distinction between ritualizing and monumentalizing is what left me the most impact in this reading. When we were talking about performance and experience either in discussions and lectures I felt like I have always been “recalling,” which now seem to me almost like monumentalizing it: disconnecting it from the present.

?: “The use of iteration suggests that every action is an interpretation, that every repetition adds meaning.” – Repetition seems to me as contradictory to the fact that every time new meanings are added. Can we say that every performance in repertories are repetitions?


!: “Son fathers parent(s); pre- is heir to post-; and “proper” gender identification and “appropriate” object choices are secured backward – a “retroaction of objects lost and subjects founded” – This sentence reminds me of the word “modern tradition” in the last reading. Also, in my definition for revolution, a key perspective is that we are determining what counts as revolution after everything has already happened: we are looking at the past from the present, a retroaction that works against the flow of time.

?: “the scandal of performance relative to the archive is not that it disappears (this is what the archive expects) but that it both ‘becomes itself through disappearance’ (as Phelan writes) and that it remains.” – Schneider has been discussing a comparison between performance and archive, but isn’t archiving also an act of performance?

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