Section 1: Sex, Gender Performativity, and the Matter of Bodies.
1. Variations on Sex and Gender: Beauvoir, Wittig, Foucault (1987).
2. Excerpts from Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (1987).
3. Excerpts from Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990).
4. Imitation and Gender Insubordination (1990).
5. Excerpt from Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex’ (1993).
Section 2: Fantasy, Censorship, and Discursive Power.
6. The Force of Fantasy: Mapplethorpe, Feminism, and Discursive (1990).
7. Endangered/Endangering: Schematic Racism and White Paranoia (1993).
8. Excerpt from Excitable Speech: A Poltics of the Performative (1997).
Section 3: Subjection, Kinship, and Critique.
9. Excerpt from The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection (1997).
10. Excerpt from Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left (2000).
11. Excerpt from Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000).
12. What Is Critique? An Essay on Foucault’s Virtue (2001).
Section 4: Making Difficulty Clear.
13. Changing the Subject: Judith Butler's Politics of Radical Resignification: Gary A. Olsen and Lynn Worsham.
"These important essays represent the aspirational and analytic agendas of Judith Butler's remarkable work. Hers is a unique voice of courage and conceptual ambition that addresses public life from the perspective of psychic reality, encouraging us to acknowledge the solidarity and the suffering through which we emerge as subjects of freedom." Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University
- Judith Butler, author of influential books such as Gender Trouble, has built her international reputation as a theorist of power, gender, sexuality and identity
- Organized in active collaboration between Judith Butler and Sara Salih
- Collects together writings that span Butler’s impressive career as a critical philosopher, including selections from both well-known and lesser-known works
- Includes an introduction and editorial material to assist students in their readings of theories that stand at the forefront of contemporary theoretical and political debates