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The Queer Turn in FeminismIdentities, Sexualities, and the Theater of Gender$
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Anne Emmanuelle Berger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253852

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253852.001.0001

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Parabasis (Before the Act)

Parabasis (Before the Act)

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The Queer Turn in Feminism

Anne Emmanuelle Berger

Fordham University Press

In this preliminary chapter, the author, a leading Franco-American scholar, discusses the spatial and temporal discrepancies that affect her view of the theoretical and political landscape she is attempting to map out: in the North-American academy, everything having to do with sex and gender is now treated retrospectively as if these issues and concerns belonged to the past, albeit a recent past. In France, gender and queer theory are up and coming. What happens, then, when one looks at these theories through lenses that are both “American” and “French”, thus simultaneously retrospective and anticipatory? How can one account for both their alleged exhaustion and their currency?

Keywords:   gender theory, queer theory, “America”, feminism, postfeminism, “afterness”, French theory, American thought

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