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Gender Trouble Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

ISBN-10: 0415389550
ISBN-13: 9780415389556
Edition: 2nd 2006
Authors: Judith P. Butler
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas that would go on to take life as "performativity theory," as well as some of the first articulations of the possibility for subversive gender practices, and she writes in her preface to the 10th anniversary edition released in 1999 that one point of Gender Trouble was "not to prescribe a new gendered way of life [...] but to open up the field of possibility for gender [...]" Widely taught, and widely debated, Gender Trouble continues to offer a powerful critique of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.

Preface (1999)
Preface (1990)
Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire
"Women" as the subject of feminism
The compulsory order of sex/gender/desire
Gender: the circular ruins of contemporary debate
Theorizing the binary, the unitary, and beyond
Identity, sex, and the metaphysics of substance
Language, power, and the strategies of displacement
Prohibition, Psychoanalysis, and the Production of the Heterosexual Matrix
Structuralism's critical exchange
Lacan, Riviere, and the strategies of masquerade
Freud and the melancholia of gender
Gender complexity and the limits of identification
Reformulating prohibition as power
Subversive Bodily Acts
The body politics of Julia Kristeva
Foucault, Herculine, and the politics of sexual discontinuity
Monique Wittig: bodily disintegration and fictive sex
Bodily inscriptions, performative subversions
Conclusion: From Parody to Politics
Notes
Index

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