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On the poiesis of latrinalia

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Description: This thesis creates a partial map of the various constitutive elements of restroom graffiti. It offers a critique of both identity politics and the logic of representation that have respectively dominated previous scholarship on the subject. In their place, it uses a logic of practice that necessarily assumes a decentered human subject. It radically contextualizes restroom graffiti by conducting a historical genealogy of the public restroom, demonstrating a connection between Victorian-era excretory sensibilities and the contemporary public restroom. Using a de Certeaudian schema, it frames this particular space as a "crack in proprietary surveillance" that allows tactical practices, like restroom graffiti, to take place. Furthermore, this thesis uses Deleuzian cultural studies theory to envision a plurality of interdetermining relations that mutually constitutes restroom graffiti. It concludes that restroom graffiti is itself a deterritorializing "line of flight," a resistant agency that contends with the homogenizing effects of neo-liberal capitalism. Keywords : Restroom graffiti, cultural studies, Michel de Certeau, Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, practice, poiesis, causality, resistance.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work