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Queer Theory: Jagose, Seidman
Queer theory: Jagose, Seidman

In this chapter I will attempt a short history of ‘queer’ and of ‘Queer Theory’ more specifically. I use the upper case Queer to distinguish ‘Queer Theory’ from broader uses of ‘queer’, a point that will be explained more fully below. In the process I will adopt a strategy recommended by Butler, the iconic Queer theorist, as a means to consider Postmodern approaches – in this case Postmodern approaches in the Sexuality Studies subfield, which are largely associated with the word ‘Queer’. The strategy entails paying attention to what Queer selects and what it excludes (Cacoullos, 2001: 97).

In particular I will consider four main points. First, I will attend to Queer Theory's focus on destabilising identity, which is ...

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