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The Routledge Queer Studies Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Donald E. Hall, Annamarie Jagose


608 pages

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The Routledge Queer Studies Reader provides a comprehensive resource for students and scholars working in this vibrant and interdisciplinary field.

The book traces the emergence and development of Queer Studies as a field of scholarship, presenting key critical essays alongside more recent criticism that explores new directions. The collection is edited by leading scholars in the field and presents:

  • individual introductory notes that situate each work within its historical, disciplinary and theoretical contexts
  • essays grouped by key subject areas including Genealogies, Sex, Temporalities, Kinship, Affect, Bodies, and Borders
  • writings by major figures including Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Judith Butler, David M. Halperin, José Esteban Muñoz, Elizabeth Grosz, David Eng, Judith Halberstam and Sara Ahmed.

The Routledge Queer Studies Reader is a field-defining volume and presents an illuminating guide for established scholars and also those new to Queer Studies.


'It is hard to imagine a volume that could represent the field more knowingly!' Robyn Wiegman, Duke University, USA

'This fresh, innovative, and significant volume demonstrates convincingly the queer moment is by no means over.' Laura Doan, University of Manchester, UK

'Get prepared to enter a scene of provocation, a sexy sort of maelstrom, where trans meets butch meets brown meets "quare" meets intersex, racial, post-colonial, and disabled matters in juxtaposition, in telling combinations. Even subtleties and biting formulations appear side by side, in a queer cubism, leading both students and scholars to thoughts that will startle and seduce them.' Kathryn Bond Stockton, University of Utah, USA

"The Queer Studies Reader will serve as an official and unofficial textbook for those interested in overthrowing the patriarchal gender binary and interrupting heteronormativity."Rachel Wexelbaum, Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources, Vol 34 No 3-4 2013

Table of Contents

Part 1: Genealogies

1. Queer And Now Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

2. Critically Queer Judith Butler

3. Judith Butler: Queer Feminism, Transgender, and The Transubstantiation Of Sex Jay Prosser

4. The Queer Intervention Steven Angelides

5. Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics? Cathy J. Cohen

6. ‘Quare’ Studies, Or (Almost) Everything I Know About Queer Studies I Learned From My Grandmother E. Patrick Johnson

7. Introduction: Queer of Color Critique, Historical Materialism, And Canonical Sociology Roderick A. Ferguson

8. The Material of Sex (Excerpts) Rosemary Hennessy

9. Lacan Meets Queer Theory Tim Dean

Part 2: Sex

10. Sex in Public Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner

11. Viral Sex and The Politics Of Life Gregory Tomso

12. Experimental Desire: Rethinking Queer Subjectivity Elizabeth Grosz

13. Dinge Robert Reid-Pharr

Part 3: Temporalities

14. Do you want queer theory or do you want the truth? Intersections of punk and queer in the 1970s Tavia Nyong’o

15. Turn the Beat Around: Sadomasochism, Temporality, History Elizabeth Freeman

16. How to Do the History of Male Homosexuality David M. Halperin

17. The Future Is Kid Stuff: Queer Theory, Disidentification and the Death Drive Lee Edelman

Part 4: Kinship

18. Transnational Adoption and Queer Diasporas David Eng

19. Making Queer Familia Richard T. Rodríguez

20. Romancing Kinship: A Queer Reading of Indian Education and Zitkala-Sa’s American Indian Stories Mark Rifkin

21. Notes on Gridlock: Genealogy, Intimacy, Sexuality Elizabeth A. Povinelli

Part 5: Affect

22. AIDS Activism And Public Feelings Ann Cvetkovich

23. Archiving Queer Feelings in Hong Kong Helen Hok-Sze Leung

24. Feeling Brown, Feeling Down: Latina Affect, the Performativity of Race, And the Depressive Position José Esteban Muñoz

25. Queer Feelings Sara Ahmed

Part 6: Bodies

26. What can queer theory do for intersex? Iain Morland

27. Transgender Butch: Butch/ FTM Border Wars And The Masculine Continuum Judith Halberstam

28. Compulsory Able-Bodiedness And Queer/Disabled Existence Robert McRuer

29. Hypothalamic Preference: Levay’s Study Of Sexual Orientation Elizabeth A. Wilson

Part 7: Borders

30. Queer Times, Queer Assemblages Jasbir Puar

31. Queer Intersections: Sexuality and Gender In Migration Studies Martin F. Manalansan IV

32. Border/line Sex: Queer Postcolonialities or How Race Matters Outside the U.S. Anjali Arondekar

33. Transgender without Organs? Mobilizing a Geo-affective Theory of Gender Modification Lucas Cassidy Crawford

About the Authors/Editors

Donald E. Hall is Professor and Herbert and Ann Siegel Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University, USA.

Annamarie Jagose is Professor and Head of the School of Letters, Arts and Media at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Andrea Bebell is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at West Virginia University, USA.

Susan Potter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand Aotearoa.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies