Secular blasphemy: Utter(ed) transgressions against names and fathers in the postmodern era

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Unnaming 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 article 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 article 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 Rolling (2004a, 2004b), is a continuation of the author's effort to establish the efficacy of a poststructural and poetic aesthetic in qualitative research writing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-948
Number of pages23
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2008



  • Arts-based educational research
  • Autoethnography
  • Critical race theory
  • Performance studies
  • Poetics

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  • Law

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