- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (16 Sept. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415924995
- ISBN-13: 978-0415924993
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gender Trouble: Tenth Anniversary Edition Paperback – Special Edition, 16 Sep 1999
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"Indispensable for feminist theory.."
"At times brilliant, always groundbreaking, "Gender Trouble is bound to make some trouble of its own."
"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."
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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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Although Butler recognises it is dangerous to base the universal on the particular she underestimates the weakness of interpreting individual actions as being performative in accordance with her own self fulfilling ideas. By her own admission her theory is based on family experience including her "own tempestuous coming out at the age of 16; and a subsequent adult landscape of lost jobs, lovers and homes". Taken in conjunction with her fourteen years as part of the east coast lesbian and gay social scene, Butler devised a theory to provide backing for her aim of "pursuing pleasure and insisting on a legitimising recognition for (her) sexual life." To achieve it Butler abuses language in order to hide truth. In seeking to "denaturalise" the "ideal morphologies of sex" and "assumptions about natural or presumptive heterosexuality", Butler creates an artificial language of gender within the dying embers of feminism and the ever broadening boundaries of queer theory. It's as if Hitler's Mien Kampf was written to serve as a foundational text for democracy.Read more ›
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a forerunner on this topic, but too many similar books nowPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an interesting read and really helped with my discussion on Gender.Published 16 months ago by Sarah Griffiths
Utter drivel. It is unbelievable that fiction like this is referred to as 'academic'. Feminism is officially now a religion.Published 22 months ago by MichaelSavageFan
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