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Introduction
Introduction

I would like to start, and to end, with the question of the human, of who counts as human, and the related question of whose lives count as lives, and with a question that has preoccupied many of us for years: what makes for a grievable life? (Butler 2004: 17–18)

In the range of critiques that followed the publication of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), among the most persistent were those that contended that this text – with its dense and complex language, its commitment to the possibilities of parody and trouble, and its central contention that both the category of women, and the bodies that mark one as belonging to that category, are constructions – was at a ...

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