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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
 

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ISBN-10: 0415903661

ISBN-13: 9780415903660

Pub. Date: 09/28/1993

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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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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

Preface
Acknowledgements
Part I:
I Bodies that Matter
II The Lesbian Phallus and the Morphological Imaginary
III Phantasmatic Identification and the Assumption of Sex
IV Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion
Part II:
V 'Dangerous Crossing': Willa Cather's Masculine Names
VI Queering, Passing: Nella Larsen Rewrites Psychoanalysis
VII Arguing with the Real
VIII Critically Queer

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