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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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The Ends of an Idiom, or Sexual Difference in Translation

The Ends of an Idiom, or Sexual Difference in Translation

(p.107) 4 The Ends of an Idiom, or Sexual Difference in Translation
The Queer Turn in Feminism

Anne Emmanuelle Berger

Fordham University Press

Chapter Four deals with the different uses and meanings of the notion of “sexual difference” in the Francophone and Anglophone worlds, ever since the notion was elevated to the status of a quasi-concept by psychoanalysis. Looking at the pluralization of its uses and the queering of its meaning in North-American gender and queer theory, the author reflects on the travels and travails of translation across the Atlantic. Such a necessarily unending movement prevents any firm and lasting conceptual construction.

Keywords:   sexual diffference(s), translation, idiom, psychoanalysis, perversion, Freud, Cixous, Derrida, Rubin, Butler

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