Queer Theory: An Introduction

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NYU Press, 1996 - Social Science - 153 pages
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In Queer Theory: An Introduction, Annamarie Jagose provides a clear and concise explanation of queer theory, tracing it as part of an intriguing history of same-sex love over the last century, from mid-century homophile movements to gay liberation, the women's movement and lesbian feminism, to the re-appropriation of the term "queer." Carefully interrogating the arguments of supporters and opponents of queer theory, Jagose suggests that its strength lies in its questioning of the very idea of sexual identities. Blending insights from prominent queer theorists such as Judith Butler and David Halperin, Jagose argues that queer theory's challenge is to create new ways of thinking, not only about fixed sexual identities such as heterosexual and homosexual, but also about other supposedly essential notions such as "sexuality" and "gender" and even "man" and "woman."
 

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User Review  - William Dearth - Goodreads

To me it is neither clear or concise as it claims. The author seems more inclined to show off academic skills than to provide information. My college days are over so I don't tolerate much of this ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Homosexuality and heterosexuality
16
Gay Liberation
30
Lesbian Feminism
44
Limits of Identity
58
Queer
72
HIVAIDS discourse
93
Afterword
127
Index
150
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Annamarie Jagose is Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, and the author of Lesbian Utopics. Her novel In Translation won the PEN Award for Best First Fiction in 1994.

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