A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory

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Edinburgh University Press, 2003 - Gays - 232 pages
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This new take on Queer Theory explores the ways in which sexuality, subjectivity and sociality have been discursively produced in various historical and cultural contexts. The book begins by putting gay and lesbian sexuality and politics in historical context and demonstrates how, and why, Queer Theory emerged in the West in the late twentieth century. It goes on to provide a detailed overview of the complex ways in which Queer Theory has been practised. Topics covered include:* race* sadomasochism* 'straight' sex * fetishism* community* popular culture * transgender* performativityEach chapter focuses on an issue or topic, provides a critical analysis of the specific ways in which it has been responded to by critics (including Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Adrienne Rich and Laura Mulvey), and introduces key terms. Each chapter also discusses contemporary cinematic texts.Key Features* Extends current accounts of Queer Theory by analysing its relation to our everyday lives.* Provides historical overviews of key concepts such as heterosexuality, sadomasochism and fetishism.* Up to date coverage of issues and debates.* Examples are taken from contemporary popular cultural texts such as films, documentaries and art projects.

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User Review  - Kathleen O'Neal - Goodreads

I read this book several years back when I was first learning about queer theory and wanted an advanced introduction to the topic. While some advanced introductions are better at bringing home the way ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carlos Burga - Goodreads

This has got to be one of the most amazing non-fiction books that I've ever read. Sullivan is not able to easily introduce a variety of theories to challenge our most basic assumptions about ourselves ... Read full review

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Nikki Sullivan is an Associate Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies and Director of the Somatechnics Research Centre at Macquarie University.

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