- Judith Butler, author of influential books such as Gender Trouble, has built her international reputation as a theorist of power, gender, sexuality and identity
- Organized in active collaboration between Judith Butler and Sara Salih
- Collects together writings that span Butler’s impressive career as a critical philosopher, including selections from both well-known and lesser-known works
- Includes an introduction and editorial material to assist students in their readings of theories that stand at the forefront of contemporary theoretical and political debates
Section 1: Sex, Gender Performativity, and the Matter of Bodies.
1. Variations on Sex and Gender: Beauvoir, Wittig, Foucault (1987).
2. Excerpts from Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (1987).
3. Excerpts from Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990).
4. Imitation and Gender Insubordination (1990).
5. Excerpt from Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex’ (1993).
Section 2: Fantasy, Censorship, and Discursive Power.
6. The Force of Fantasy: Mapplethorpe, Feminism, and Discursive (1990).
7. Endangered/Endangering: Schematic Racism and White Paranoia (1993).
8. Excerpt from Excitable Speech: A Poltics of the Performative (1997).
Section 3: Subjection, Kinship, and Critique.
9. Excerpt from The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection (1997).
10. Excerpt from Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left (2000).
11. Excerpt from Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000).
12. What Is Critique? An Essay on Foucault’s Virtue (2001).
Section 4: Making Difficulty Clear.
13. Changing the Subject: Judith Butler's Politics of Radical Resignification: Gary A. Olsen and Lynn Worsham.