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 the

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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 Prefacevii
Acknowledgementsix
1.Gender before Modernity1
Gender and polarity4
Nature/culture: Sex/gender9
What sort of difference is gender difference?11
Essence and gender15
The gender of souls18
Matter and the realisation of gender24
Gender without sex26
A Midsummer Night's Dream29
2.Gender as Form and the Masculinity of Reason40
The gender of form and reason50
Deconstruction54
Binaries of reason and gender: Genevieve Lloyd58
Paradise Lost62
3.Modernity and the Materiality of Gender76
Sex and matter: Modern empiricism and liberalism76
Third-wave feminism: Reality and essence82
Subjectivity, ideas and experience88
Man and modern subjectivity93
Modern science and mathematics97
Patriarchy104
Patriarchy and the sexual contract: Carole Pateman109
4.Sex without Gender117
First-wave feminism and the sex/gender distinction117
Enlightenment feminism119
Marriage and gender harmony123
Second-wave feminism and difference126
Psychoanalytic feminism135
The Oedipal production of gender137
5.Beyond Sex and Gender145
Third-wave feminism145
Difference before sex and gender147
Lacan and the subject of signification152
Levi-Strauss and the exchange of women160
6.Sexual Difference and Embodiment192
Lacan, negativity and desire192
The body194
Luce Irigaray and the positive feminine198
7.Sexuality and Queer Theory206
Michel Foucault and the history of sexuality206
Performativity211
Volatile bodies215
Queer theory and the critique of gender: Butler, Sedgwick, Edelman and Bersani228
Moira Gatens and the critique of gender234
Conclusion: Reading Gender239
Frankenstein239
First-wave feminist and humanist reading239
Second-wave or radical feminist readings240
Third-wave feminist readings241
Reading gender243
Annotated Bibliography253
Bibliography258
Index272

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