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The Resource The queer turn in feminism : identities, sexualities, and the theater of gender, Anne Emmanuelle Berger ; translated by Catherine Porter

The queer turn in feminism : identities, sexualities, and the theater of gender, Anne Emmanuelle Berger ; translated by Catherine Porter

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The queer turn in feminism : identities, sexualities, and the theater of gender
Title
The queer turn in feminism
Title remainder
identities, sexualities, and the theater of gender
Statement of responsibility
Anne Emmanuelle Berger ; translated by Catherine Porter
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Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
  • At a time when gender and queer theories appear to its American proponents to have exhausted themselves, they are hailed in France as something new. Yet, more than any area of late 20th-century thinking, gender theory and its avatars have been to a large extent a Franco-American invention. The author uses this particular temporal and intellectual juncture to look again at a certain history and theory of gender and sexuality. The book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with one of the thorniest conundrums of late 20th-century feminist theory and politics, namely, the question of the veil. It includes Berger's by now classical essay on the "Islamic Veil" and the politics of specularity. The second part focuses on the intersection between gender, language and national politics and proposes original rereadings of Benedict Anderson's studies of the relationship between languages and nations. The last andpart looks at gender and queer theories through lenses that are simultaneously retrospective and anticipatory, American and French, to try and account for the terms of both their exhaustion and their currency on one side and the other of the Atlantic
  • More than any other area of late-twentieth-century thinking, gender theory and its avatars have been to a large extent a Franco-American invention. In this book, a leading Franco-American scholar traces differences and intersections in the development of gender and queer theories on both sides of the Atlantic. Looking at these theories through lenses that are both "American" and "French," thus simultaneously retrospective and anticipatory, she tries to account for their alleged exhaustion and currency on the two sides of the Atlantic. The book is divided into four parts. In the first, the author examines two specifically "American" features of gender theories since their earliest formulations: on the one hand, an emphasis on the theatricality of gender (from John Money's early characterization of gender as "role playing" to Judith Butler's appropriation of Esther Newton's work on drag queens); on the other, the early adoption of a "queer" perspective on gender issues. In the second part, the author reflects on a shift in the rhetoric concerning sexual minorities and politics that is prevalent today. Noting a shift from efforts by oppressed or marginalized segments of the population to make themselves "heard" to an emphasis on rendering themselves "visible," she demonstrates the formative role of the American civil rights movement in this new drive to visibility. The third part deals with the travels back and forth across the Atlantic of "sexual difference," ever since its elevation to the status of quasi-concept by psychoanalysis. Tracing the "queering" of sexual difference, the author reflects on both the modalities and the effects of this development. The last section addresses the vexing relationship between Western feminism and capitalism. Without trying either to commend or to decry this relationship, the author shows its long-lasting political and cultural effects on current feminist and postfeminist struggles and discourses. To that end, she focuses on one of the intense debates within feminist and postfeminist circles, the controversy over prostitution. --Provided by publisher
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1958-
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Berger, Anne-Emmanuelle
Dewey number
305.307
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1075.5.U6
LC item number
B4613 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
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  • Gender identity
  • Gender identity
  • Women's studies
  • Women's studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Queer theory
  • Queer theory
Label
The queer turn in feminism : identities, sexualities, and the theater of gender, Anne Emmanuelle Berger ; translated by Catherine Porter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Parabasis (before the act)
  • Queens and queers: the theater of gender in "America"--
  • Paradoxes of visibility in and contemporary identity politics
  • The ends of an idiom, or sexual difference in translation
  • Roxana's legacy: feminism and capitalism in the west
Control code
869457891
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780823253869
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013028755
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)869457891
Label
The queer turn in feminism : identities, sexualities, and the theater of gender, Anne Emmanuelle Berger ; translated by Catherine Porter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Parabasis (before the act)
  • Queens and queers: the theater of gender in "America"--
  • Paradoxes of visibility in and contemporary identity politics
  • The ends of an idiom, or sexual difference in translation
  • Roxana's legacy: feminism and capitalism in the west
Control code
869457891
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780823253869
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013028755
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)869457891

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