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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

Anne Emmanuelle Berger

Fordham University Press

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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