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The Judith Butler Reader. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2247906
  • Book
  • December 2003
  • 384 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
The Judith Butler Reader is a collection of writings that span her impressive career and trace her intellectual history.
  • 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
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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.


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Sara Salih University of Toronto, Canada.

Judith Butler University of California, Berkeley, USA.
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