By Nikki Sullivan

A serious advent to Queer Theory explores the ways that sexuality, subjectivity and sociality were discursively produced in a number of historic and cultural contexts.

The ebook starts by way of placing homosexual and lesbian sexuality and politics in ancient context and demonstrates how and why queer idea emerged within the West within the past due 20th century. Sullivan is going directly to offer an in depth evaluation of the advanced ways that queer idea has been hired, protecting a variety of key issues together with: race, sadomasochism, immediately intercourse, fetishism, neighborhood, pop culture, transgender, and performativity. every one bankruptcy makes a speciality of a different factor or subject, offers a severe research of the explicit ways that it's been spoke back to through critics (including Freud, Foucault, Derrida, Judith Butler, Jean-Luc Nancy, Adrienne wealthy and Laura Mulvey), introduces key phrases, and makes use of modern cinematic texts as examples.

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You never failed, or you tried not to. : 70). Connected with this performance of gendered roles was the commonly held assumption that the butch was the physically active partner, initiator, and leader in sex, whose primary role was to give pleasure to her femme partner. No doubt this image of strongly defined and absolutely distinct roles was truer in theory than it was in practice, but dichotomies such as active/passive, subject/ object, masculine/feminine, and so on, did have a huge impact on butch-femme relations and their possibilities at the time, and to some extent still do.

Given this, perhaps it is possible to conclude that whilst butch-femme sexual subcultures did not seem to accept normative beliefs, values, lifestyles to the extent that homophile groups such as the Daughters of Bilitis supposedly did, butches and femmes were nevertheless agents and effects of culturally and historically specific discourses. Butch-femme identities and relations did not exist outside of dominant regimes of power/knowledge and thus were not necessarily any more enlightened than their homophiles counterparts.

Moreover, in texts such as Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Foucault demonstrates how grand narratives, or what he might call normalising discourses, constitute difference solely in terms of degrees of difference from the norm that is the ideal. It is this sort of logic that engenders and legitimises the representation of homosexuality as an aberration from heterosexuality (the norm/ideal). The focus on difference both between and within subjects 40 Queer: A Question of Being or Doing ?

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