Conflict and Counterpoint in Lesbian, Gay, and Feminist Studies

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Palgrave Macmillan, Apr 15, 2007 - Social Science - 229 pages
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Interrogating a broad array of lesbian, gay, and feminist theories, this book considers instances of unnecessarily divisive turf-battling, yet focuses primarily on the productive debates that define and vitalize the field. Moving beyond the classic opposition that pits the sex-positive leftist academy against abstract "sexism" and "homophobia," Foertsch's text isolates oppositions within gender and sexuality studies, considering homophobic feminist theories, sexist (or anti-feminist) gay theories, and the field's tendency to triangulate itself in two-against-one fashion or in contests between two camps for the allegiance of the third.

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JACQUELINE FOERTSCH is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Texas, USA, and author of Enemies Within: The Cold War and the AIDS Crisis in Literature, Film, and Culture. She is the current editor of Studies in the Novel.

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