Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex by Judith Butler

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Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex
Title:
Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex
Author:
Judith Butler
ISBN:
041561015X
ISBN13:
978-0415610155
Size PDF:
1367 kb
Size epub:
1540 kb
Publisher:
Routledge; 1 edition (May 15, 2011)
Language:
English
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4.4
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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.

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