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Coming Out of Feminism?

Mandy Merck (Editor), Naomi Segal (Editor), Elizabeth Wright (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-55786-701-8
274 pages
September 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
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Has Queer Theory 'grown out' of Feminism - in both senses? If it has, is that process a coming-out story?
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.



1. Sexualities without Genders and other Queer Utopias: Biddy Martin.

2. Sexual Traffic: Gayle Rubin (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley).

3. Sissies and Sisters: Gender, Sexuality and the Possibilities of Coalition: William Spurlin (Columbia University).

4. Reflections on Gynophobia: Emily Apter (UCLA).

5. Mother, Can't You See I'm Burning? Between Female Homosexuality and Homosociality in Radclyffe Hall's The Unlit Lamp: Trevor Hope (University of Rochester).

6. Desiring Machines? Queer Re-visions of Feminist Film Theory: Carole-Anne Tyler (University of California, Riverside).

7. André Gide and the Niece's Seduction: Naomi Segal (University of Reading).

8. Savage Nights: Mandy Merck.

9. Coming Out of the Real: Knots and Queries: Elizabeth Wright (Girton College, Cambridge).


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Author Information

Naomi Segal is Professor of French Studies at the University of Reading. She is the author of The Banal Object (1981), The Unintended Reader (1986), Narcissus and Echo: Women in the French Récit (1988), The Adulteress's Child (1992) and André Gide: Pederasty and Pedagogy and is the co-editor of Freud in Exile and Scarlett Letters (1997).

Mandy Merck teaches on the Sexual Dissidence MA programme at the University of Sussex. The former series editor of Channel Four Television's 'Out on Tuesday', she is the author of Perversions: Deviant Readings (1993) and After Diana (1998). Her next book is In Your Face: Essays on the Representation of Sex.

Elizabeth Wright is a Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Criticism: Theory in Practice (1984), Postmodern Brecht: A RePresentation (1989), and the editor of Feminism and Psychoanalysis: A Critical Dictionary (1992). Her newer books are Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Reappraisal (1998), Speaking Desires Can be Dangerous: Psychoanalysis, Language and Literary Theory (1999) and The Zizek Reader, co-edited with Edmond Wright (1999).

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The Wiley Advantage

* Comprehensive coverage of the recent history of lesbian and gay studies, setting out its debates, principles and controversies. Central to the volume is a detailed exploration of the relation between these two bodies of theory and branches of identity politics.
* Brings the reader up to date with the theoretical questions of gender and identity politics.
* The volume's editors are well-known and respected figures in the field. This collection brings together newly-commissioned writings of the leading theorists in the field of feminist studies and lesbian and gay studies.
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