One of the most talked about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler s Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, essential notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the category woman and continues in this vein with examinations of the masculine and the feminine Best known however, but also most often misinterpreted, is Butler s concept of gender as a reiterated social performance rather than the expression of a prior reality Thrilling and provocative, few other academic works have roused passions to the same extent....
|Title||:||Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge Classics) (Volume 36)|
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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge Classics) (Volume 36) Reviews
I did not give this book 5 stars because (1) often I found Butler not clearly expressing her own ideas and opinions as opposed to weaving too much into the accounts she gave of others and (2) her position is not clearly cognizant of its own premises. Specifically, Butler is taking to task the issue of the subject, subject-object dualism, and issues of power. However, her work presumes that only one theory of the subject is possible, that it requires subject-object dualism--which she rejects--and her theory of power is unclear and messy. She wants to get rid of the idea of a "SUBJECT" and leave room for agency, in the possibilities that exist between the different ways people are constructed through different knowledges. Yet, the way she gets rid of the subject entails that nothing exists to be free, to have agency. IMHO this analysis needs more subtlety here.
Butler takes us on a journey through interrogating what gender means. Recommended as a research and theory book or for anyone interested in the very current topic of gender studies.
Reading it seems dated now but it's such a classic, anyone interested in gender studies should have a copy of this book... even though it's almost impossible to read. The cover has a pleasing rubbery/matte finish too.
Brilliant mind, and unengaging writing. Hard to plow through this classic of queer theory, but, I'm told, it's worth it.
Butler is of course incredibly thoughtful and intelligent, and an important read for anyone interested in gender theory/performativity/feminist studies. However, this particular edition had an annoying number of typos; I'm not sure if it was proofread.
Judith Butler is one of the great minds of our generation and Gender Trouble should be on every short-list of contemporary gender theory.
This is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about homosexuality, gender and gender roles. Only disappointment with the book was the difficulty it presented for me to understand it! I think it is more for advanced readers in the subject so if you are not familiarized with the terms I suggest learning about her theory and the before mentioned concepts from a different author that better simplifies everything.