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Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7012-2543
2015 (Swedish)In: Lambda Nordica: Tidskrift om homosexualitet, ISSN 1100-2573, no 2-3, 149-164 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent decades Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990) has become required reading for feminist audiences. The book focuses on the heterosexism inherent in feminism and also criticizes the lesbian orientation that dominated the identity policy debates of the 1980s. In the 1999 preface to the second edition of Gender Trouble Butler writes that she could not have imagined that the book would reach such a broad audience, neither could she foresee that it would be described as a provocative intervention in feminist theory and be adopted as a key queer theoretical text. She says that her twofold aim was to make the feminist movement more democratic and inclusive. Of the many possible interpretations of Gender Trouble, this article highlights three aspects of particular contemporary importance: the idea of gender as performance; the performative-theatrical character of gender; and the attempt to understand someone who calls herself/himself, and actually is, a human being. Opening a new book by Butler or studying one of her articles has never failed to stimulate new ideas. Reading her work is a learning process in which one discovers new perspectives and thereby comes to see the horizon somewhat altered.

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2015. no 2-3, 149-164 p.
Keyword [en]
gender trouble, Judith Butler, performativity, ethics
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Gender Studies Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies; Theatre Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124878OAI: diva2:891132
Available from: 2016-01-05 Created: 2016-01-05 Last updated: 2016-11-10Bibliographically approved

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