Education Bennington College Yale University –Where she received her B.A. and Ph. D.
Educator Maxine Eliot Professor of Rhetoric & Comparative Literature University of California Berkeley Hanna Arendt Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Some Published Works –1990 Gender Trouble:Feminism and Subversion of Identity –1993 Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex –1997 Excitable Speech: Politics of the Perormance –2000 Antigone’s Claim: Kinship, Aberration, and Psychoanalysis –Compiled listing of J. Butler’s published works available… she is a busy gal.. Too many to fit on one presentation!
Gender Trouble Female does not equal Feminine Man does not equal Masculine
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity Gender is fluid –I am woman, but I am not all women –There is more than one defining point to what is “Gender” Identity of women is not contingent upon gender Sexuality is not underlying definitive of gender Culture does not assume gender identity –A Binary view of gender is False
Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex The labels given to sex, gender, and the continuum are limited by the masculine that is language. Sexing is an example of the label Gender, Race, Class are other examples of labels Question what is normal
The Language Barrier
Bodies that Matter Gender is an indeterminant subject: it is not fixed. –Social contexts will change the sublimination of gender –Culture changes gender –Power changes individual outward appearance of genderization
Bibliography Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" (Routledge, 1993). European Graduate School Faculty, Saas-Fee Switzerland. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990). Published works Compiled by Eddie Yeghiayan. The Critical Theory Institute University of California, Irvine.