Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identityby Judith Butler, Linda J. Nicholson
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Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. As Judith Butler writes in the
major essay that stands as preface to the new edition, one point of Gender Trouble was 'not to prescribe a new gendered way of life, but to open of the field of possibility for gender.' Widely taught, and widely debated, Gender Trouble continues to offer a powerful critique
of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world.
Judith Butler's new preface situates Gender Trouble within the past decade of work on gender, and counters some common misconceptions about the book and its aims.
Meet the Author
Judith Butler is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Among her books are Bodies That Matter and Excitable Speech, and Feminists Theorize the Political (coedited with Joan W. Scott), all available from Routledge.
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There are serious limits to Butler's philosophical framework here, most notably in the degree to which she seems to assume that we can deliberately produce gender trouble in order to subvert normative sociopolitical practices, and in her assumption that identity politics within feminist movement can serve no further political purpose. Nevertheless, the text remains highly influential within academia for its deconstruction of our notions of sex/gender/desire and for its singlehanded founding of what would become queer studies. However, one must keep in mind that there are critical corrections Butler herself makes in her later work to some of the rhetorcial strategies she employs here.
Everyone should read this book,because it helps break down the social roles we are all faced with into what they really MEAN in our lives and how they retrict us to one behavior or another according to gender.