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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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Queens and Queers

Queens and Queers

The Theater of Gender in “America”

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The Queer Turn in Feminism
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Anne Emmanuelle Berger

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823253852.003.0002

This chapter offers theoretical and historical insights into the reasons why, and the ways in which gender theory has developed in the United States as a theory of performance, from John Money's earliest conception of gender as role playing to Judith Butler’s understanding of gender as a repeated “act”. The emphasis on the theatricality of gender in North-American theory helps explain why “drag” and “masquerade” occupy central theoretical stage, and why the figure of the drag queen has imposed itself as the icon of a gender theory constituted from the outset as queer, even before being recognized as such.

Keywords:   performance, drag, drag queen, impersonation, incorporation, masquarade, queer theory, Power, Butler, Newton, Lacan

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