Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex

Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex

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by Judith Butler
     
 

In Bodies That Matter, Judith Butler further develops her distinctive theory of gender by examining the workings of power at the most "material" dimensions of sex and sexuality. Deepening the inquiries she began in Gender Trouble, Butler offers an original reformulation of the materiality of bodies, examining how the power of

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In Bodies That Matter, Judith Butler further develops her distinctive theory of gender by examining the workings of power at the most "material" dimensions of sex and sexuality. Deepening the inquiries she began in Gender Trouble, Butler offers an original reformulation of the materiality of bodies, 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 offers a clarification of the notion of "performativity" introduced in Gender Trouble and explores the meaning of a citational politics. The text includes readings of Plato, Irigaray, Lacan, and Freud on the formation of materiality and bodily boundaries; "Paris is Burning," Nella Larsen's "Passing," and short stories by Willa Cather; along with a reconsideration of "performativity" and politics in feminist, queer, and radical democratic theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415903660
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction1
1Bodies that Matter27
2The Lesbian Phallus and the Morphological Imaginary57
3Phantasmatic Identification and the Assumption of Sex93
4Gender Is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion121
5"Dangerous Crossing": Willa Cather's Masculine Names143
6Passing, Queering: Nella Larsen's Psychoanalytic Challenge167
7Arguing with the Real187
8Critically Queer223
Notes243
Index285

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