1st Edition

Gender Trouble
Feminism and the Subversion of Identity





ISBN 9780415389556
Published May 12, 2006 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Preface (1999)  Preface (1990)  1. Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire  I. 'Women' as the Subject of Feminism  II. The Compulsory Order of Sex/Gender/Desire  III. Gender: The Circular Ruins of Contemporary Debate  IV. Theorizing the Binary, the Unitary and Beyond  V. Identity, Sex and the Metaphysics of Substance  VI. Language, Power and the Strategies of Displacement  2. Prohibition, Psychoanalysis, and the Production of the Heterosexual Matrix  I. Structuralism's Critical Exchange  II. Lacan, Riviere, and the Strategies of Masquerade  III. Freud and the Melancholia of Gender  IV. Gender Complexity and the Limits of Identification  V. Reformulating Prohibition as Power  3. Subversive Bodily Acts  I. The Body Politics of Julia Kristeva  II. Foucault, Herculine, and the Politics of Sexual Discontinuity  III. Monique Wittig - Bodily Disintegration and Fictive Sex  IV. Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions  Conclusion - From Parody to Politics

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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