Title
Performing Butler? Rebecca Brown's literary supplements to Judith Butler's theory of gender performativity Performing Butler? Rebecca Brown's literary supplements to Judith Butler's theory of gender performativity
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Washington, D.C. ,
Subject
Literature
Source (journal)
Critique : studies in contemporary fiction. - Washington, D.C.
Volume/pages
54(2013) :3 , p. 292-307
ISSN
0011-1619
ISI
000319378800005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This essay approaches the oeuvre of the contemporary American author Rebecca Brown as an illuminating fictional exploration of Judith Butler's theory of gender performativity. Brown's work defamiliarizes characters' acquisition of gender and sexuality while also showing some of the culturally specific limits to Butler's theory. Besides being performative, sexual identities are especially relational for Brown. Thus she avoids, as Butler cannot, the misrecognition of femmes' rebelliousness in schemes of performativity or, somewhat less overtly, the limited range of choice in terms of performance for lesbians of color.
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