Queer Theory: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

The political and academic appropriation of the term queer over the last several years has marked a shift in the study of sexuality from a focus on supposedly essential categories as gay and lesbian to more fluid or queer notions of sexual identity. Yet queer is a category still in the process of formation. In Queer Theory, Annamarie Jagose provides a clear and concise explanation of queer theory, tracing it as part of an intriguing history of same-sex love over the last century.

Blending insights from prominent theorists such as Judith Butler and David Halperin, Jagose argues that queer theory's challenge is to create new ways of thinking, not only about fixed sexual identities such as heterosexual and homosexual, but also about other supposedly essential notions such as sexuality and gender and even man and woman.

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"Annamarie Jagose knows that queer theory did not spring full-blown from the head of any contemporary theorist. It is the outcome of many different influences and sources, including the homophile movement, gay liberation, and lesbian feminism. In pointing to the history of queer theory—a history that all too often is ignored or elided—Jagose performs a valuable service."

-Henry Abelove,co-editor of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814742341
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 438,360
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Annamarie Jagose is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Melbourne, and the author of Lesbian Utopics. Her novel In Translation won the PEN Award for Best First Fiction in 1994.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Theorising Same-Sex Desire 7
What is homosexuality exactly? 7
The invention of homosexuality 10
Homosexuality and heterosexuality 16
3 The Homophile Movement 22
4 Gay Liberation 30
5 Lesbian Feminism 44
6 Limits of Identity 58
7 Queer 72
Homosexual, lesbian or gay, queer 72
The post-structuralist context of queer 75
Performativity and identity 83
HIV/AIDS discourse 93
Queer identity 96
8 Contestations of Queer 101
9 Afterword 127
Notes 133
Bibliography 137
Index 150
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    insigthful but boring

    for someone not in the field of queer theory, annamarie jagose had a lot to say, or at least a lot of quotes to say what she apparently wanted to say. the book is boring. she does not go into queer theory so much as the history of the homosexual/lesbian/gay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    academic

    A good read for college students (or teachers) interested in literary theory of any kind. Written well and easy to understand even for those not in the field. One of the ground breaking books of an ever growing literary camp (pardon the pun).

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