MDSA01H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Judith Butler, David M. Halperin, Queer Theory

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Lecture 9: Feministic and Queer Analysis
Key Concepts
- Discursive Construction
- Gener Performativity
- Heteronormativity
- Queer Theory
- Representation
- Sexual Othering
- Sexuality
- Gender
- Visibility
The Deployment of Sexuality
- Discursive Construction
- Performativity
oMichel Foucault (1926 – 1984)
oJudith Butler (b. 1956)
Foucault
- Before the late 19th century, one could not “be” a homosexual. A man could have sex
with another man, but this was merely an act, an individual instance, and not a quality of
identity.
- With the rise of religious, medical and political discourses surrounding sexuality, the
notion of homosexuality (and heterosexuality) came to be a coherent classification of
people.
Butler
- Gender, rather than a coherent component of identity incorporated through socialization
is in fact a bodily performance of discourse that exists only because people believe it is
significant
- Gender only exists because people act as gendered beings
What is Queer Analysis?
Queer Theory
- It is meant to cause some question; it questions the heteronormative view of society
oIts pushing for greater tolerance
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