Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex

Routledge (1993)

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Judith Butler
University of California, Berkeley
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In ____Bodies That Matter,__ Judith Butler further develops her distinctive theory of gender by examining the workings of power at the most "material" dimensions of sex and sexuality. Deepening the inquiries she began in _Gender_ _Trouble,_ Butler offers an original reformulation of the materiality of bodies, examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the "matter" of bodies, sex, and gender. Butler argues that power operates to constrain "sex" from the start, delimiting what counts as a viable sex. She offers a clarification of the notion of "performativity" introduced in _Gender Trouble_ and explores the meaning of a citational politics. The text includes readings of Plato, Irigaray, Lacan, and Freud on the formation of materiality and bodily boundaries; "Paris is Burning," Nella Larsen's "Passing," and short stories by Willa Cather; along with a reconsideration of "performativity" and politics in feminist, queer, and radical democratic theory.
Keywords Feminist theory  Sex role Philosophy  Sex differences (Psychology  Sexual orientation Philosophy  Identity (Psychology  Femininity
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Call number HQ1190.B88 1993
ISBN(s) 9780415903660   0415903661   9781138834767   9780415903653   9780203760079   041561015X   9780415610155   9780203828274
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