Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity Routledge Classics Volume 36

Routledge - Best known however, but also most often misinterpreted, is Butler's concept of gender as a reiterated social performance rather than the expression of a prior reality. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, or indeed of sex or gender, 'essential' notion of the female, Butler starts by questioning the category 'woman' and continues in this vein with examinations of 'the masculine' and 'the feminine'.

One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial. Routledge. Thrilling and provocative, few other academic works have roused passions to the same extent.





The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction

Vintage - Vintage. Michel foucult offers an iconoclastic exploration of why we feel compelled to continually analyze and discuss sex, and of the social and mental mechanisms of power that cause us to direct the questions of what we are to what our sexuality is.





Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex

Routledge - Routledge. She clarifies the notion of "performativity" introduced in Gender Trouble and via bold readings of Plato, Irigaray, Lacan, and Freud explores the meaning of a citational politics. She also draws on documentary and literature with compelling interpretations of the film Paris is Burning, Nella Larsen's Passing, and short stories by Willa Cather.

In bodies that matter, renowned theorist and philosopher Judith Butler argues that theories of gender need to return to the most material dimension of sex and sexuality: the body. Butler argues that power operates to constrain sex from the start, delimiting what counts as a viable sex. Butler offers a brilliant reworking of the body, examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the "matter" of bodies, sex, and gender.





The Second Sex

Vintage - Routledge. Vintage. Unabridged in english for the first time, this long-awaited edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Simone de beauvoir’s essential masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman, ” and a revolutionary exploration of inequality and otherness.

. Vital and groundbreaking, beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as when it was first published, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come. Vintage.





Undoing Gender

Routledge - Vintage. Vintage. The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on gender performativity from Gender Trouble. And to "do" one's gender in certain ways sometimes implies "undoing" dominant notions of personhood. Routledge. Undoing gender constitutes judith butler's recent reflections on gender and sexuality, diagnostic categories, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, social violence, focusing on new kinship, intersex, transgender, and the tasks of social transformation.

She writes about the "new gender politics" that has emerged in recent years, a combination of movements concerned with transgender, intersex, transsexuality, and their complex relations to feminist and queer theory. Routledge. In this work, the critique of gender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persistence and survival.

Undoing Gender - In terms that draw from feminist and queer theory, Butler considers the norms that govern--and fail to govern--gender and sexuality as they relate to the constraints on recognizable personhood.





Queer Theory: An Introduction

NYU Press - 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. Routledge. Used book in Good Condition. Vintage. 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.

Yet queer is a category still in the process of formation. Routledge. Blending insights from prominent theorists such as judith butler and David Halperin, not only about fixed sexual identities such as heterosexual and homosexual, Jagose argues that queer theory's challenge is to create new ways of thinking, but also about other supposedly essential notions such as sexuality and gender and even man and woman.





The History of Sexuality, Vol. 2: The Use of Pleasure

Vintage Books - Used book in Good Condition. Vintage. Vintage Books. In this sequel to the history of sexuality, volume I: An Introduction, the brilliantly original French thinker who died in 1984 gives an analysis of how the ancient Greeks perceived sexuality. Throughout the uses of pleasure foucault analyzes an irresistible array of ancient greek texts on eroticism as he tries to answer basic questions: How in the West did sexual experience become a moral issue? And why were other appetites of the body, and collective concerns, such as civic duty, such as hunger, not subjected to the numberless rules and regulations and judgments that have defined, if not confined, sexual behavior? Vintage.

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Epistemology of the Closet, Updated with a New Preface

University of California Press - Since the late 1980s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual and political life of the United States. Working from classic texts of european and american writers―including Melville, James, Nietzsche, Proust, and Wilde―Sedgwick analyzes a turn-of-the-century historical moment in which sexual orientation became as important a demarcation of personhood as gender had been for centuries.

Vintage. Routledge. This has been due, in no small degree, to the influence of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's critically acclaimed Epistemology of the Closet. Vintage Books. Used book in Good Condition. Vintage. Routledge. In her preface to this updated edition sedgwick places the book both personally and historically, looking specifically at the horror of the first wave of the AIDS epidemic and its influence on the text.





The History of Sexuality, Vol. 3: The Care of the Self

Vintage - Vintage. Vintage Books. Used book in Good Condition. Routledge. Vintage. He skillfully explores the whole corpus of moral reflection among philosophers Plutarch, Epictetus, Seneca and physicians of the era, Marcus Aurelius, and uncovers an increasing mistrust of pleasure and growing anxiety over sexual activity and its consequences.

Routledge. Michel foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from the classical Greek vision of sexual pleasure. Vintage Books USA.





Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

Vintage Books - Vintage. In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul. Routledge. Used book in Good Condition.

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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Crossing Press Feminist Series

Crossing Press - Crossing Press. Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde-scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published.

Vintage. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, racism, ageism, and class, Lorde takes on sexism, homophobia, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. These landmark writings are, in lorde's own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is.

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Crossing Press Feminist Series - . Lorde's works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware. New york Times  Vintage. Vintage Books. Vintage Books. Used book in Good Condition. Routledge.