Queer Theory An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0814742343
ISBN-13: 9780814742341
Edition: 1996
Authors: Annamarie Jagose
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Book details

Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 2/20/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 156
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330

"Annamarie Jagose knows that queer theory did not spring full-blown from the head of any contemporary theorist. It is the outcome of many different influences and sources, including the homophile movement, gay liberation, and lesbian feminism. In pointing to the history of queer theorya history that all too often is ignored or elidedJagose performs a valuable service." Henry Abelove, co-editor ofThe Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader The political and academic appropriation of the term queer over the last several years has marked a shift in the study of sexuality from a focus on supposedly essential categories as gay and lesbian to more fluid or queer notions of sexual identity. Yet queer is a category still in the process of formation. InQueer Theory, Annamarie Jagose provides a clear and concise explanation of queer theory, tracing it as part of an intriguing history of same-sex love over the last century. Blending insights from prominent theorists such as Judith Butler and David Halperin, Jagose argues that queer theory's challenge is to create new ways of thinking, not only about fixed sexual identities such as heterosexual and homosexual, but also about other supposedly essential notions such as sexuality and gender and even man and woman.

Introduction
Theorising Same-Sex Desire
What is homosexuality exactly?
The invention of homosexuality
Homosexuality and heterosexuality
The Homophile Movement
Gay Liberation
Lesbian Feminism
Limits of Identity
Queer
Homosexual, lesbian or gay, queer
The post-structuralist context of queer
Performativity and identity
HIV/AIDS discourse
Queer identity
Contestations of Queer
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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