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Gender Trouble : Feminism and the Subversion of Identity :  Feminism and the Subversion of Identity - Judith Butler

Gender Trouble : Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Paperback Published: May 2006
ISBN: 9780415389556
Number Of Pages: 272

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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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Judith Butler (born February 24, 1956) is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics and the fields of feminist, queer and literary theory. Since 1993, she has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is now Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and co-director of the Program of Critical Theory.

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'Rereading this book, as well as reading it for the first time, reshapes the categories through which we experience and perform our lives and bodies. To be troubled in this way is an intellectual pleasure and a political necessity.' - Donna Haraway

Preface (1999)p. vii
Preface (1990)p. xxix
Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desirep. 1
"Women" as the subject of feminismp. 2
The compulsory order of sex/gender/desirep. 8
Gender: the circular ruins of contemporary debatep. 10
Theorizing the binary, the unitary, and beyondp. 18
Identity, sex, and the metaphysics of substancep. 22
Language, power, and the strategies of displacementp. 34
Prohibition, Psychoanalysis, and the Production of the Heterosexual Matrixp. 47
Structuralism's critical exchangep. 52
Lacan, Riviere, and the strategies of masqueradep. 59
Freud and the melancholia of genderp. 78
Gender complexity and the limits of identificationp. 89
Reformulating prohibition as powerp. 97
Subversive Bodily Actsp. 107
The body politics of Julia Kristevap. 107
Foucault, Herculine, and the politics of sexual discontinuityp. 127
Monique Wittig: bodily disintegration and fictive sexp. 151
Bodily inscriptions, performative subversionsp. 175
Conclusion: From Parody to Politicsp. 194
Notesp. 205
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780415389556
ISBN-10: 0415389550
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: May 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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