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Gender Trouble: Tenth Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

Judith Butler
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16 Sep 1999
Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (16 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415924995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415924993
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Indispensable for feminist theory.."-Hypatia "At times brilliant, always groundbreaking, "Gender Trouble is bound to make some trouble of its own."-Outweek "The most authoritative attack to date on the 'naturalness' of gender. This is a brilliant and innovative book."-Sandra Lee Bartky "A tremendously sophisticated and well-argued book, a very exciting read."-Women & Politics

About the Author

Judith Butler is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Among her books are Bodies That Matter and Excitable Speech, and Feminists Theorize the Political (coedited with Joan W. Scott), all available from Routledge.

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For the most part, feminist theory has assumed that there is some existing identity, understood through the category of women, who not only initiates feminist interests and goals within discourse, but constitutes the subject for whom political representation is pursued. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful argument 29 Jun 2004
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This book is a powerful argument that overthrows essentialist discourse in favour of gender as a performative entity. Whilst a seminal work, and in my opinion, a very important viewpoint capable of pushing the feminist movement on by lightyears, I feel that Butler's writing style does not suit the message she puts forward. For someone who's aim is to spread a message to the masses, she writes in an overly academic style. Although I appreciate that she may have needed to do this so that bodies under the influence of a partriachy may take her more seriously, it leaves this book only accesible to the highest academics. I am currently referencing this book in an argument put forward in my thesis for my masters degree and i am having great trouble understanding the language she uses. This is a brilliant book, but I can't help but feel that her language could be made a lot simpler.
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Butler is readable, it is dense but worth plodding through and this book has definited the humanities and social science fields since the 1990s. there are some great clips if Butler on youtube, one in which she describes how this book came about and also reading Undoing Gender - a later book - she revises and reflects on this earlier book which is invaluable commentary and revision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading. 29 Jan 2014
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Amazing book. If you think you know all about gender theory, read this. The concept of performativity reflects greatly within contemporary society. This is actually my second copy of 'Gender Trouble', having misplaced my well-thumbed previous copy. I've long used Butler's theory and will continue to do so. The book is well-written, easy to follow and fully self-explanatory, without being completely riddled with pretentious academic jargon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas Gift Requested 10 Mar 2013
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My daughter was extremely happy with this book she asked me to purchase it for her. Again she is at university and purchase quite a few books for her to help with her studies or projects
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2.0 out of 5 stars My Head Hurts 12 Dec 2011
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I read an excerpt from this and thought I'd find it useful and insightful. When it arrived I opened it up to find the text pretty impenetrable. I'll give it another go over the holidays when hopefully all will become clear...I know she writes on subjects that I really want to read about, so I'm hoping to find the way in.
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