Queer Theory and Gender Performativity 
Queer Theory and Gender Performativity
by Yale / Paul H. Fry
Video Lecture 23 of 26
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Date Added: October 26, 2009

Lecture Description


In this lecture on queer theory, Professor Paul Fry explores the work of Judith Butler in relation to Michel Foucault's History 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.

Reading assignment:

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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Course Description

In this course, Prof. Paul H. Fry gives 26 video lectures on Theory of Literature. This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?


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