Hillis Miller claims that in definitions performativity is usually connected to performance ("the quality of performance, or the condition of someone who is capable of performing or, perhaps, the object of investigation in 'performance studies.'"), but the concept actually derives from Austin's theory of the performative: "Performativity is a concept that is related to speech acts theory" that "accounts for situations where a proposition may constitute or instaurate
the object to which it is meant to refer, as in so-called 'performative utterances.'" (8) Analyzing performativity and performance, Hillis Miller suggests that a novel like Daniel Deronda exemplifies performance, but it can also be considered
It is the break with tradition, and other inherited moral sources, which drives the anxiety-ladened process of self-reassurance, involved in the 'philosophical discourse of modernity', since 'anxiety' arises from the need to instaurate
'autonomy', and so derive one's normative or progressive orientations entirely from 'modern' presuppositions.