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Excitable speech a politics of the performative inquires into the status of speech as conduct from the perpective of social theories of discourse in a critical encounter with the work of catharine mackinnon and mari matsuda this text asks whether and under what conditions hate speech and pornography can be considered performative and in what . Excitable speech is powerful for its account of how subjects are formed through the address of hate speech and how through this very address the conditions for the subjects agency are enabled a previous reviewer pointed out that for butler the subject can only exhibit agency in and through language and that agency in butlers account emerges ex nihilio. Excitable speech o n li nguistic v ulner abilit y 1 1 judith butler excitable speech a politics of the performative routledge new york london 1997 introduction on linguistic vulnerability when we claim to have been injured by language what kind of claim do we make. Excitable speech a politics of the performative by butler judith p publication date 1997 topics hate speech language and languages political aspects oral communication social aspects speech acts linguistics publisher new york routledge