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Bodies that matter : on the discursive limits of "sex"

By: Series: Routledge classicsPublication details: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, ©2011.Description: xxx, 219 pages ; 22 cmISBN:
  • 9780415610155
  • 041561015X
Subject(s): LOC classification:
  • HQ 1190 BUT
Contents:
Bodies that matter -- The lesbian phallus and the morphological imaginary -- Phantasmatic identification and the assumption of sex -- Gender is burning : questions of appropriation and subversion -- "Dangerous crossing" : Willa Cather's masculine names -- Passing, queering : Nella Larsen's psychoanalytic challenge -- Arguing with the real -- Critically queer.
Summary: n 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.
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Book Book Whitecliffe Library General Shelves General HQ 1190 BUT (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Issued 15/03/2024 0016650

"First published 1993 by Routledge."

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Bodies that matter -- The lesbian phallus and the morphological imaginary -- Phantasmatic identification and the assumption of sex -- Gender is burning : questions of appropriation and subversion -- "Dangerous crossing" : Willa Cather's masculine names -- Passing, queering : Nella Larsen's psychoanalytic challenge -- Arguing with the real -- Critically queer.

n 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.

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