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SOC 202
Graeme Metcalf

Csoc202 lecture 5 Midterm: Stuart hall, difference between active male and passive female, altouzer, interpolation Introduction to Queer Theory(QT) Having a lifestyle “having the gay lifestyle” The style of an aliases that….. The term was once used against a group of people(gays) and they simply reclaimed it to mock the people who use it. This term was introduced by Teresa de Lauretis a critical theorist credited with coining the phrase queer theory. 1991 edited a special issue of the feminist cultural studies journal differences entitled Queer theory . Kinship: feminist theory, black studies, queer theory. Use of term “queer theory” a refusal of heterosexuality as the benchmark for all sexual formations(idea socially we are assumed to consider heterosexuality is the norm). the queer theory dislodge this assumption of heterosexuality. If you’re not heterosexuality, your considered different, weird etc. Attentiveness to gender capable of interrogating the frequent assumption that lesbian and gay studies is a single homogeneous subject. – QT is not only practiced by gays and lesbians. Insistence on the multiple ways in which race crucially shapes sexual subjectivities. Not a “theory” per se -qt’s refusal to specify itself has been widely recognized as one if its tactical strengths -Qt might be thought of less as a thing than and more as a definitional field or network “a zone of possibilities in which the embodiment of the subject might be experienced otherwise” “reading against the grain” able to maneuver the meaning of a particular text; from a different perspective. – when one reads against the grain, it creates queer winks: it doesn’t make a difference i
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