Queer theory: an introduction

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NEW YORK University 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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Although it may now be fairly dated at more than twenty years old (yikes!), this is a very readable introduction to queer theory, its history, utilizations, and criticism. Definitely recommended for ... Read full review

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I recently re-read this book for a class I'm teaching this semester (on Justice, Gender, Sexuality), and for the most part it still proves a useful introduction to queer theory, especially the ... Read full review

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Annamarie Jagose is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Melbourne, and the author of Lesbian Utopics. Her novel In Translation won the PEN Award for Best First Fiction in 1994.

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