Feminism and the subversion of identity

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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler

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. This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas that would go on to take life as performativity theory, as well as some of the first articulations of the possibility for subversive gender practices, and she writes in her preface to the 10th anniversary edition released in 1999 that one point of Gender Trouble was not to prescribe a new gendered way of life [...] but to open up the field of possibility for gender [...] Widely taught, and widely debated, Gender Trouble continues to offer a powerful critique of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world.
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Judith Butler, “A conversation with Judith Butler, Paul North, and Jason Stanley”

Ten years ago I completed the manuscript of Gender Trouble and sent it to Routledge for publication. The life of the text has exceeded my intentions, and that is surely in part the result of the changing context of its reception.
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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity ; second edition [1] is a book by the philosopher Judith Butler , in which the author argues that gender is a kind of improvised performance. The work is influential in feminism , women's studies , and lesbian and gay studies , and has also enjoyed widespread popularity outside of traditional academic circles. Butler's ideas about gender came to be seen as foundational to queer theory and the advancing of dissident sexual practices during the s. Butler criticizes one of the central assumptions of feminist theory : that there exists an identity and a subject that requires representation in politics and language. For Butler, " women " and " woman " are categories complicated by factors such as class , ethnicity , and sexuality.

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