Whenever I read a sentence like this:
"One of the key modes in which competing discourses of gender are manifested in the theater and in general is in the dissonance and disjunction between the text and subtext"
The first thing it says about a person to me is this:
Could you use those kinds of words? Sure, but isn't it much eaiser to say:
'On stage and in reality, one of the main ways competing theories of gender are realized are through the differences that lie in the text and subtext.'
What the hell's the point of using complex words that have a very simple meaning?
"Because it makes one sound more authoritative Greg! Gufawfawfaw!"
Screw that. Because you studied a Thesaurus as a kid and have a wide vocabulary that instantly makes you a better or more informed individual whose opinion should count more? Please.
On the other hand I'm an advocate for using AT LEAST a high school vocabulary level. I'd never claim to be someone that would be allowed to dot an 'i' in the OED, but people should have at least that much competence.