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Gender / Edition 1
     

Gender / Edition 1

by Claire Colebrook
 

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ISBN-10: 0333994582

ISBN-13: 9780333994580

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Why has Western thought been so persistent in its organisation of human bodies, and other categories, in terms of the binary opposition male and female? Is gender nothing more than an ideology, or does it have its basis in sexual difference?

This invaluable introductory guide offers a clear overview of the concept, and problem, of gender. Claire Colebrook places

Overview

Why has Western thought been so persistent in its organisation of human bodies, and other categories, in terms of the binary opposition male and female? Is gender nothing more than an ideology, or does it have its basis in sexual difference?

This invaluable introductory guide offers a clear overview of the concept, and problem, of gender. Claire Colebrook places the term in its historical contexts and traces its development from the Enlightenment to the present, before moving on to the evolution of the concept of gender from within the various stances of feminist criticism, and exploring recent developments in queer theory and post-feminism. Close analysis of key literary texts, including Frankenstein, Paradise Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream, shows how specific styles of literature enable reflection on gender.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333994580
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Transitions Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Gender Before Modernity
Gender as Form and the Masculinity of Reason
Modernity and the Materiality of Gender
Sex without Gender
Beyond Sex and Gender
Sexual Difference and Embodiment
Sexuality and Queer Theory
Conclusion: Reading Gender: Frankenstein
Bibliography
Index

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