Download PDF by Nikki Sullivan: A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory

By Nikki Sullivan

ISBN-10: 0814798411

ISBN-13: 9780814798416

A severe creation to Queer Theory explores the ways that sexuality, subjectivity and sociality were discursively produced in a variety of old and cultural contexts.

The publication starts off through placing homosexual and lesbian sexuality and politics in ancient context and demonstrates how and why queer idea emerged within the West within the overdue 20th century. Sullivan is going directly to offer an in depth review of the complicated ways that queer thought has been hired, protecting a range of key themes together with: race, sadomasochism, directly intercourse, fetishism, neighborhood, pop culture, transgender, and performativity. every one bankruptcy makes a speciality of a special factor or subject, presents a severe research of the categorical ways that it's been answered to by way of 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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So, let us begin with some fairly typical explanations of queer. For Chris Berry and Annamàrie Jagose, 'Queer is an ongoing and necessarily unfixed site of engagement and contestation' (1996: 11). Or, as Jagose puts it in her book entitled Queer Theory, 'Queer itself can have neither a fundamental logic, nor a consistent set of characteristics' (1996: 96). In his book, Saint Foucault, David Halperin also refrains from pinning down the term queer, arguing instead that: Queer is by definition whatever is at odds with the normal, the legitimate, the dominant.

But there is of course the scene in which Bostonia, the 'chick with the dick', whilst uncharacteristically dancing with the leader of the Homophile Society whispers 'Between you and me, I do salute', to which the latter blushingly responds 'Between you and me, I'm honoured'. And perhaps this scene does, in a sense, bear witness to a relationship that was no doubt complex and contradictory, and, to the proposition made by Meeker that the Mattachine Society to some extent supported and aided the bar culture.

3 Califia, a proponent of sadomasochism, claims that sadomasochistic practices transgress the allegedly inviolate line between gay men and lesbians, and that sex between the two is something other than heterosexual since the gender of one's object choice is no longer the defining factor. Sharon Kelly uses the same sort of argument to claim that she (who usually has sex 38 Queer: A Question of Being or Doing ? 4 As Annamarie Jagose notes, citing Jan Clausen, some bisexual theorists have made similar claims.

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