Arts and Humanities
Un-naming the axiomatic constructs of a named identity—that which is thought to be fitting within a given regime of definition—becomes then an act of secular blasphemy, a performance of decanonizing translation that discursively relocates and reinscribes communicated meaning from power, prefix, and prefigurement to perpetual movement. Departing from Homi Bhabha’s description of blasphemy as a transgressive act, this paper blasphemes the certainty of definition in research writing, illuminating the performance of blasphemy as a source of new social names and the migration of norms and meaning. This paper is the third in a trilogy of research forays exploring the intersection of autoethnography, critical race theory, and performance studies. This new research, written to follow up Messing Around With Identity Constructs (Qualitative Inquiry, 10 (4), pp. 548-557) and Searching Self-Image (Qualitative Inquiry, 10 (6), pp. 869-884), is a continuation of the author’s effort to establish the efficacy of a poststructural and poetic aesthetic in qualitative research writing.
Rolling, J. H. (2008). Secular blasphemy: Utter(ed) transgressions against names and fathers in the postmodern era. Qualitative Inquiry, 14 (6), 926-948.