Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

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Routledge, Sep 22, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages

One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial.

Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, 'essential' notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the category 'woman' and continues in this vein with examinations of 'the masculine' and 'the feminine'. Best known however, but also most often misinterpreted, is Butler's concept of gender as a reiterated social performance rather than the expression of a prior reality.

Thrilling and provocative, few other academic works have roused passions to the same extent.

 

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Radical feminist Butler investigates the theoretical roots of an ontology of gender identity to show their political parameters. She questions traditional and feminist sex/gender distinctions, arguing ... Read full review

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One of the most influential pieces on Queer Theory in academia. While the language is difficult, it is also highly sophisticated that requires in-depth examination. Suggested for graduate students.

Contents

PREFACE 1999
PREFACE 1990
Subjects of SexGenderDesire
Prohibition Psychoanalysis and the Production of
Subversive Bodily Acts
Discontinuity
From Parody To Politics
NOTES
INDEX
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