9781566397865

A Genealogy of Queer Theory

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    9781566397865

  • ISBN10:

    1566397863

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-08-01
  • Publisher: TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS
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Summary

Who are queers and what do they want? Could it be that we are all queers? Beginning with such questions, William B. Turner's lucid and engaging book traces the roots of queer theory to the growing awareness that few of us precisely fit standard categories for sexual and gender identity.

Turner shows how Michel Foucault's work contributed to feminists' investigations into the ways that power relates to identity. In the last decades of the twentieth century, feminists were the first to challenge the assumption that a claim to universal identity -- the white male citizen -- should serve as the foundation of political thought and action. Difference matters. Race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality interact, producing a wide array of identities that resist rigid definition and are mutable. By understanding the notion of transhistorical categories -- woman, man, homosexual, and so forth -- feminist and gay male scholars launched queer theoretical work as a new way to think about the politics of gender and sexuality.

A Genealogy of Queer Theory probes the fie

Author Biography

William B. Turner is a visiting assistant professor of history at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Robert Dawidoff
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: The Proliferation of Queers 1(35)
Foucault Didn't Know What He Was Doing, and Neither Do I
36(26)
I Am the Very Model of the Modern Homosexual: Gay Male Historians and the History of Sexuality
62(21)
Gender Difference: Feminist Scholars on the Truth of Gender and Sexuality
83(23)
Shrinking History: Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Genealogy
106(33)
A Georgia Sodomite in King Henry's Court: The Rhetorical History of ``Homosexuality'' in Law and Politics
139(33)
Conclusion: On the Cost of Telling the Truth 172(29)
Notes 201(28)
Bibliography 229(18)
Index 247

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