Bodies That Matter

Bodies That Matter On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" - Routledge Classics

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Synopsis

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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Book information

ISBN: 9780415610155
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.701
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 427
Number of pages: 219
Weight: 330g
Height: 216mm
Width: 139mm
Spine width: 14mm