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A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory

by Nikki Sullivan - £29.99  Edinburgh University Press (2003)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780748615971 | ISBN 10: 0748615970

"The book provides comprehensive coverage of the relevant issues within Queer Theory and incorporates provocative and highly contentious debates around sadomasochism, fetishism, and transgenderism."
(Linnell Secomb, Department of Gender Studies, University of Sydney)
This new take on 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. It goes on to provide a detailed overview of the complex ways in which Queer Theory has been practiced.
 
Topics covered include:
 
* race
* sadomasochism
* 'straight' sex
* fetishism
* community
* popular culture
* transgender
* performativity
 
Each chapter focuses on an issue or topic, provides a critical analysis of the specific ways in which it has been responded to by critics (including Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Jaques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Adrienned Rich and Laura Mulvey), and introduces key terms. Each chapter also discusses contemporary cinematic texts.

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