Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler, ISBN-13: 978-0415389556


Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler, ISBN-13: 978-0415389556

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  • Publisher: ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (May 12, 2006)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 272 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 9780415389556
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0415389556

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.

Table of Contents:

Preface (1999) vii
Preface (1990) xxix

1 Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire 1
I “Women” as the subject of feminism 2
II The compulsory order of sex/gender/desire 8
III Gender: the circular ruins of contemporary debate 10
IV Theorizing the binary, the unitary, and beyond 18
V Identity, sex, and the metaphysics of substance 22
VI Language, power, and the strategies of displacement 34

2 Prohibition, Psychoanalysis, and the Production
of the Heterosexual Matrix 47
I Structuralism’s critical exchange 52
II Lacan, Riviere, and the strategies of masquerade 59
III Freud and the melancholia of gender 78
IV Gender complexity and the limits of identification 89
V Reformulating prohibition as power 97

3 Subversive Bodily Acts 107
I The body politics of Julia Kristeva 107
II Foucault, Herculine, and the politics of sexual
discontinuity 127
III Monique Wittig: bodily disintegration and
fictive sex 151
IV Bodily inscriptions, performative subversions 175
Conclusion: From Parody to Politics 194

Notes 205
Index 229

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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