A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory -

A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory



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This new take on queer theory brings ideas about the self, sexuality and society together. The text 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 20th century. It goes on to provide a detailed overview of the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which queer theory has been practised. Many of the most recent debates are discussed, including: "straight" sex; sadomasochism; identity politics; fetishism; performativity; transsexualism; popular culture; race; and community. Each chapter considers a central issue, provides historical and cultural background, defines key terms and introduces the ideas of influential theorists including Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, Helene Cixous, Judith Butler, Leo Bersani and Laura Mulvey. Each theory is grounded through discussion of a contemporary film.

Product code: 9780748615971

ISBN 9780748615971
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
No. Of Pages 240
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156xS24
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.