A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory

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NYU Press, Oct 1, 2003 - Social Science - 232 pages
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A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory explores the ways in which sexuality, subjectivity and sociality have been discursively produced in various historical and cultural contexts.

The book begins by putting gay and lesbian sexuality and politics in historical context and demonstrates how and why queer theory emerged in the West in the late twentieth century. Sullivan goes on to provide a detailed overview of the complex ways in which queer theory has been employed, covering a diversity of key topics including: race, sadomasochism, straight sex, fetishism, community, popular culture, transgender, and performativity. Each chapter focuses on a distinct issue or topic, provides a critical analysis of the specific ways in which it has been responded to by critics (including Freud, Foucault, Derrida, Judith Butler, Jean-Luc Nancy, Adrienne Rich and Laura Mulvey), introduces key terms, and uses contemporary cinematic texts as examples.

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I read it for a class, but it didn't feel like homework. Informative and educational while interesting. Read full review

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I read this book several years back when I was first learning about queer theory and wanted an advanced introduction to the topic. While some advanced introductions are better at bringing home the way ... Read full review

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Nikki Sullivan is a lecturer in the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. She is the author of Tattooed Bodies: Subjectivity, Textuality, Ethics, Pleasure; and numerous articles on body modification and on sexuality.

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