Historical Article: Imitation and Gender Insubordination. Judith Butler (USA)

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OIPWhen VSNT senior faculty member David Rock Nylund decided to do his PhD in Cultural Studies he chose to primarily study Feminist and Queer scholarship. He often claims how fortunate he feels because Judith Butler was one of the faculty he studied under. Rock then transported the works of Judith Butler to VSNT and began shaping his queer informed narrative therapy practice through her ideas.

Judith Butler writes: I am skeptical about how the “I” is determined as it operates under the title of the lesbian sign, and I am no more comfortable with its homophobic determination than with those normative definitions offered by other members of the “gay or les- bian community.” I’m permanently troubled by identity categories, consider them to be invariable stumbling-blocks, and understand them, even promote them, as sites of necessary trouble. In fact, if the category were to offer no trouble, it would cease to be interesting to me: it is precisely the pleasure produced by the instability of those categories which sustains the various erotic practices that make me a candidate for the category to begin with.


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