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Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex 1st Edition by Judith Butler, ISBN-13: 978-0415610155

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Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex 1st Edition by Judith Butler, ISBN-13: 978-0415610155

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  • Publisher: ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 226 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 041561015X
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0415610155

In Bodies That Matter, renowned theorist and philosopher Judith Butler argues that theories of gender need to return to the most material dimension of sex and sexuality: the body. Butler offers a brilliant reworking of the body, examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the “matter” of bodies, sex, and gender. Butler argues that power operates to constrain sex from the start, delimiting what counts as a viable sex. She clarifies the notion of “performativity” introduced in Gender Trouble and via bold readings of Plato, Irigaray, Lacan, and Freud explores the meaning of a citational politics. She also draws on documentary and literature with compelling interpretations of the film Paris is Burning, Nella Larsen’s Passing, and short stories by Willa Cather.

Table of Contents:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vi
PREFACE viii
INTRODUCTION xi
Part I 1
1 Bodies That Matter 3
2 The Lesbian Phallus and the Morphological Imaginary 28
3 Phantasmatic Identification and the Assumption of Sex 58
4 Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and
Subversion 81
Part II 99
5 “Dangerous Crossing”: Willa Cather’s Masculine
Names 101
6 Passing, Queering: Nella Larsen’s Psychoanalytic
Challenge 122
7 Arguing with the Real 139
8 Critically Queer 169
NOTES 186
INDEX 217

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.

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