Search Results for "bodies-that-matter-on-the-discursive-limits-of-sex"

Bodies That Matter

Bodies That Matter

On the Discursive Limits of "Sex"

  • Author: Judith Butler
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134711417
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 304
  • View: 7161
DOWNLOAD NOW »
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.

Bodies That Matter

Bodies That Matter

On the Discursive Limits of "Sex"

  • Author: Judith Butler
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134711344
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 304
  • View: 6461
DOWNLOAD NOW »
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.

Bodies That Matter

Bodies That Matter

On the Discursive Limits of Sex

  • Author: Judith Butler,Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory Judith Butler
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1136807187
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 256
  • View: 8216
DOWNLOAD NOW »
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 offers a brilliant reworking of the body, 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 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.

Volatile Bodies

Volatile Bodies

Toward a Corporeal Feminism

  • Author: Elizabeth A. Grosz
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 9780253208620
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 250
  • View: 7441
DOWNLOAD NOW »
"The location of the author's investigations, the body itself rather than the sphere of subjective representations of self and of function in cultures, is wholly new.... I believe this work will be a landmark in future feminist thinking." —Alphonso Lingis "This is a text of rare erudition and intellectual force. It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but sets a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the status of the body." —Judith Butler Volatile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: biology or nature is not opposed to or in conflict with culture. Human biology is inherently social and has no pure or natural "origin" outside of culture. Being the raw material of social and cultural organization, it is "incomplete" and thus subject to the endless rewriting and social inscription that constitute all sign systems. Examining the theories of Freud, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, etc. on the subject of the body, Elizabeth Grosz concludes that the body they theorize is male. These thinkers are not providing an account of "human" corporeality but of male corporeality. Grosz then turns to corporeal experiences unique to women—menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, menopause. Her examination of female experience lays the groundwork for developing theories of sexed corporeality rather than merely rectifying flawed models of male theorists.

Undoing Gender

Undoing Gender

  • Author: Judith Butler,Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory Judith Butler
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113588076X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 288
  • View: 990
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler's recent reflections on gender and sexuality, focusing on new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic categories, social violence, and the tasks of social transformation. 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. The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on gender performativity from Gender Trouble. In this work, the critique of gender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persistence and survival. And to "do" one's gender in certain ways sometimes implies "undoing" dominant notions of personhood. She writes about the "New Gender Politics" that has emerged in recent years, a combination of movements concerned with transgender, transsexuality, intersex, and their complex relations to feminist and queer theory.

Je, Tu, Nous

Je, Tu, Nous

Toward a Culture of Difference

  • Author: Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113588191X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 136
  • View: 7565
DOWNLOAD NOW »
First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Space, Time and Perversion

Space, Time and Perversion

Essays on the Politics of Bodies

  • Author: Elizabeth Grosz
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317325443
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 288
  • View: 1899
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Exploring the fields of architecture, philosophy, and queer theory, Grosz shows how feminism and cultural analysis have conceptually stripped bodies of their specificity, their corporeality, and the vestigal traces of their production as bodies. She investigates the work of Michel Foucault, Teresa de Lauretis, Gilles Deleuze, Judith Butler and Alphonso Lingi, considering their work by examining the ways in which the functioning of bodies transforms understandings of space and time, knowledge and desire. Grosz moves toward a radical consideration of bodies and their relationship to transgression and perversity.

Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly

Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly

  • Author: Judith Butler
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 067449556X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 256
  • View: 3187
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Judith Butler elucidates the dynamics of public assembly under prevailing economic and political conditions. Understanding assemblies as plural forms of performative action, she extends her theory of performativity to show why precarity—destruction of the conditions of livability—is a galvanizing force and theme in today’s highly visible protests.

Subjects of Desire

Subjects of Desire

Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France

  • Author: Judith Butler
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231501420
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 304
  • View: 3671
DOWNLOAD NOW »
This classic work by one of the most important philosophers and critics of our time charts the genesis and trajectory of the desiring subject from Hegel's formulation in Phenomenology of Spirit to its appropriation by Kojève, Hyppolite, Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault. Judith Butler plots the French reception of Hegel and the successive challenges waged against his metaphysics and view of the subject, all while revealing ambiguities within his position. The result is a sophisticated reconsideration of the post-Hegelian tradition that has predominated in modern French thought, and her study remains a provocative and timely intervention in contemporary debates over the unconscious, the powers of subjection, and the subject.

Excitable Speech

Excitable Speech

A Politics of the Performative

  • Author: Judith Butler
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135239800
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 200
  • View: 5670
DOWNLOAD NOW »
With the same intellectual courage with which she addressed issues of gender, Judith Butler turns her attention to speech and conduct in contemporary political life, looking at several efforts to target speech as conduct that has become subject to political debate and regulation. Reviewing hate speech regulations, anti-pornography arguments, and recent controversies about gay self-declaration in the military, Judith Butler asks whether and how language acts in each of these cultural sites.

The Parable of the Tribes

The Parable of the Tribes

The Problem of Power in Social Evolution, Second Edition

  • Author: Andrew Bard Schmookler
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791424209
  • Category: History
  • Page: 413
  • View: 1750
DOWNLOAD NOW »
This is a new view of the role of power in social evolution. It shows how, as human societies evolved, intersocietal conflicts necessarily developed, and how humanity can choose peace over war.

Butler Matters

Butler Matters

Judith Butler's Impact on Feminist and Queer Studies

  • Author: Warren J. Blumenfeld
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351953982
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 240
  • View: 8996
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Since the 1990 publication of Gender Trouble, Judith Butler has had a profound influence on how we understand gender and sexuality, corporeal politics, and political action both within and outside the academy. This collection, which considers not only Gender Trouble but also Bodies That Matter, Excitable Speech, and The Psychic Life of Power, attests to the enormous impact Butler's work has had across disciplines. In analyzing Butler's theories, the contributors demonstrate their relevance to a wide range of topics and fields, including activism, archaeology, film, literature, pedagogy, and theory. Included is a two-part interview with Judith Butler herself, in which she responds to questions about queer theory, the relationship between her work and that of other gender theorists, and the political impact of her ideas. In addition to the editors, contributors include Edwina Barvosa-Carter, Robert Alan Brookey, Kirsten Campbell, Angela Failler, Belinda Johnston, Rosemary A. Joyce, Vicki Kirby, Diane Helene Miller, Mena Mitrano, Elizabeth M. Perry, Frederick S. Roden, and Natalie Wilson.

Dispossession

Dispossession

The Performative in the Political

  • Author: Judith Butler,Athena Athanasiou
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0745664350
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 240
  • View: 4892
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Dispossession describes the condition of those who have lost land, citizenship, property, and a broader belonging to the world. This thought-provoking book seeks to elaborate our understanding of dispossession outside of the conventional logic of possession, a hallmark of capitalism, liberalism, and humanism. Can dispossession simultaneously characterize political responses and opposition to the disenfranchisement associated with unjust dispossession of land, economic and political power, and basic conditions for living? In the context of neoliberal expropriation of labor and livelihood, dispossession opens up a performative condition of being both affected by injustice and prompted to act. From the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the anti-neoliberal gatherings at Puerta del Sol, Syntagma and Zucchotti Park, an alternative political and affective economy of bodies in public is being formed. Bodies on the street are precarious - exposed to police force, they are also standing for, and opposing, their dispossession. These bodies insist upon their collective standing, organize themselves without and against hierarchy, and refuse to become disposable: they demand regard. This book interrogates the agonistic and open-ended corporeality and conviviality of the crowd as it assembles in cities to protest political and economic dispossession through a performative dispossession of the sovereign subject and its propriety.

The Psychic Life of Power

The Psychic Life of Power

Theories in Subjection

  • Author: Judith Butler
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780804728126
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 218
  • View: 4490
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Judith Butler's new book considers the way in which psychic life is generated by the social operation of power, and how that social operation of power is concealed and fortified by the psyche that it produces. It combines social theory, philosophy, and psychoanalysis in novel ways, and offers a more sustained analysis of the theory of subject formation implicit in her previous books.

Judith Butler

Judith Butler

From Norms to Politics

  • Author: Moya Lloyd
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0745654800
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 216
  • View: 6086
DOWNLOAD NOW »
With the publication of her highly acclaimed and much-cited book Gender Trouble, Judith Butler became one of the most influential feminist theorists of her generation. Her theory of gender performativity and her writings on corporeality, on the injurious capacity of language, on the vulnerability of human life to violence and on the impact of mourning on politics have, taken together, comprised a substantial and highly original body of work that has a wide and truly cross-disciplinary appeal. In this lively book, Moya Lloyd provides both a clear exposition and an original critique of Butler's work. She examines Butlers core ideas, traces the development of her thought from her first book to her most recent work, and assesses Butlers engagements with the philosophies of Hegel, Foucault, Derrida, Irigaray and de Beauvoir, as well as addressing the nature and impact of Butler's writing on feminist theory. Throughout Lloyd is particularly concerned to examine Butler's political theory, including her critical interventions in such contemporary political controversies as those surrounding gay marriage, hate-speech, human rights, and September 11 and its aftermath. Judith Butler offers an accessible and original contribution to existing debates that will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.

Unbearable Weight

Unbearable Weight

Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body

  • Author: Susan Bordo
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520930711
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 400
  • View: 4489
DOWNLOAD NOW »
"Unbearable Weight is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless (!) prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body—weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more—in a way that makes sense of our current social landscape—finally! This is a great book for anyone who wonders why women's magazines are always describing delicious food as 'sinful' and why there is a cake called Death by Chocolate. Loved it!"—Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (2001)

Epistemology of the Closet

Epistemology of the Closet

Updated with a New Preface

  • Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520254066
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 258
  • View: 4606
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Since the late 1980s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual and political life of the United States. This has been due, in no small degree, to the influence of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's critically acclaimed Epistemology of the Closet. 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. 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.

Performativity and Performance

Performativity and Performance

  • Author: Andrew Parker,Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135207577
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 240
  • View: 8664
DOWNLOAD NOW »
From the age of Aristotle to the age of AIDS, writers, thinkers, performers and activists have wresteled with what "performance" is all about. At the same moment, "performativity"--a new concept in language theory--has become a ubiquitous term in literary studies. This volume grapples with the nature of these two key terms whose traces can be found everywhere: in the theatre, in the streets, in philosophy, in questions of race and gender, and in the sentences we speak.

Vested Interests

Vested Interests

Cross-dressing and Cultural Anxiety

  • Author: Marjorie Garber
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136615776
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 500
  • View: 4357
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Beginning with the bold claim, "There can be no culture without the transvestite," Marjorie Garber explores the nature and significance of cross-dressing and of the West's recurring fascination with it. Rich in anecdote and insight, Vested Interests offers a provocative and entertaining view of our ongoing obsession with dressing up--and with the power of clothes.

Deviations

Deviations

A Gayle Rubin Reader

  • Author: Gayle Rubin
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822349868
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 484
  • View: 3676
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Collection of writings by Gayle S. Rubin, an American theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and sexuality studies since the 1970s.