ENGL 300 - Lecture 23 - Queer Theory and Gender Performativity

Lecture 23 - Queer Theory and Gender Performativity


In this lecture on queer theory, Professor Paul Fry explores the work of Judith Butler in relation to Michel Foucault'sHistory of Sexuality. Differences in terminology and methods are discussed, including Butler's emphasis on performance and Foucault's reliance on formulations such as "power-knowledge" and "the deployment of alliance." Butler's fixation with ontology is explored with reference to Levi-Strauss's concept of the raw and the cooked. At the lecture's conclusion, Butler's interrogation of identity politics is compared with that of post-colonial and African-American theorists.


Foucault, Michel. "The History of Sexuality." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 1627-36

Butler, Judith. "Imitation and Gender Insubordination." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 1707-18

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