Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

by Judith Butler
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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415900430
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/01/1990
Series: Thinking Gender Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


i. "Women" as the Subject of Feminism

ii. The Compulsory Order of Sex/Gender/Desire

iii. Gender: The Circular Ruins of Contemporary Debate

iv. Theorizing the Binary, the Unitary

and Beyond

v. Identity, Sex and the Metaphysics of Substance

vi. Language, Power and the Strategies of Displacement


i. Structuralism's Critical Exchange

ii. Lacan, Riviere and the Strategies of Masquerade

iii. Freud and the Melancholia of Gender

iv. Gender Complexity and the Limits of Identification

v. Reformulating Prohibition as Power


i. The Body

Politics of Julia Kristeva

ii. Foucault, Herculine and the Politics of Sexual Discontinuity

iii. Monique Wittig: Bodily Disintegration and Fictive Sex

iv. Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions

CONCLUSION: From Parody to Politics

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Gender Trouble 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.