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An Advanced Introduction to Futures of Feminist and Sexuality Studies
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Beyond Gender lucidly reviews how 21st-century feminist theories and practices have moved beyond Butlerian gender studies into a more deeply politicized engagement with heterogeneous intersectional identities and movements. Interdisciplinary in scope, the handbook usefully posits an evolution beyond "second" and "third-wave feminism" into what the editors call a "decolonized queer feminist future." Susan Stanford Friedman, Professor of English and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA Although there have been many recent publications on gender theory, there has not yet been a volume with the expansive scope and ambition of Beyond Gender. It provides a thorough advanced introduction to the field as well as an updated and rigorous scholarly overview of contemporary debates in queer, intersectionality, transgender and decolonial feminism. A must read! Sara R. Farris, author of In the Name of Women's Rights. The Rise of Femonationalism, Duke University Press, 2017 How can we theorize gender, sex and sexuality in a post-Butler era? What does intersectional feminist and queer scholarship look like today? What does it mean to queer and decolonize feminist theory and praxis across shifting social, cultural, economic and geo-political contexts and relations? Grappling with these vital and challenging questions, Beyond Gender offers a novel, incisive and generative vision of, and guide to, contemporary feminist and sexuality studies. Carolyn Pedwell is Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent, UK. She is an Editor of Feminist Theory journal and the author of Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy (Palgrave, 2014) and Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice: The Rhetorics of Comparison (Routledge, 2010). Despite so many announcements of the death and demise of feminism and queer theory, they are prodigiously still with us. But in what form, in which guise? The collected volume Beyond Gender offers a valuable contribution to setting the terms of the present-day critique, and directs us towards decolonized feminist and queer futures. Adriana Zaharijevic, University of Belgrade, Serbia Arguing for decolonized and radical queer feminisms; this handbook takes on the ambitious task of moving "beyond gender studies" and destabilizing the concept of 'gender.' In so doing it puts forward a number of epistemological challenges to mainstream feminist and queer scholarship and praxis arguing for closer engagement between queer/sexuality studies and decolonial feminisms. As a volume aimed at advanced study but also based on real life experiences, Beyond Gender opens up new and exciting areas for reflection and debate with important implications for future thought and action across generations. Rhoda Reddock, Professor of Gender, Social Change and Development, The University of the West Indies, St. Augsutine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago This book is an important contribution which emphasises, celebrates, and problematises the plurality of current political, methodological, and theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality studies. The diverse and exciting contributions will challenge what many scholars in this field too often take for granted and, I am certain, provoke lively and fruitful debate Matthew Weait is Professor of Law and Society and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, UK
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Greta Olson is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany, and general editor of the European Journal of English Studies. Daniel Hartley is a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds, UK. Mirjam Horn-Schott is Head of Division Conferences, Programme Assistance at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany. Leonie Schmidt is a lecturer and PhD fellow in English and American Literature and Culture at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany.
Contents Beyond Gender: Towards a Decolonized Queer Feminist Future Greta Olson and Mirjam Horn-Schott Part I Undoing Gender Studies - Theoretical Positionings 1. The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Mars and Venus in Language and Gender Research Jennifer Coates 2. Masculinity Studies: Contemporary Approaches and Alternative Perspectives Stefan Horlacher 3. Where Are We Going, Where Have We Been, Where Do We Return to, Repeatedly? The Seriality of Feminist Critique and Gender Studies Sabine Sielke 4. "Slavery to an Assembly Line is Not a Liberation from Slavery to the Kitchen Sink": Assessing Social Reproduction Theory's Challenge to Liberal-Feminist and Classical-Marxist Paradigms Daniel Hartley 5. Modes of Being vs. Categories - Queering the Tools of Intersectionality Gabriele Dietze, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, and Beatrice Michaelis Part II Forms of Practice - Doing the 'After' of Gender Studies 6. Fictions of Sexual Amnesia Ina Schabert 7. Loving Feminism: Negotiating Differences in the Classroom Greta Olson 8. Unseemly Desire - Disciplining and Othering the Sexuality of Women in Later Life Katharina Zilles 9. The Politics of Neo-Liberal Postfeminist Bridal Culture Franka Heise 10. Small-Screen Tweenage Angst: Feminist Icons and (Anti-)Heroines in Twenty-First Century American Popular Culture Mirjam Horn-Schott 11. The "Yes" Which Is Not One: Consent, the Law, and the Limits of False Consciousness Feminism Jordana Greenblatt 12. Autonomous Sri Lankan Women's Organizations and Their Engagements with LBT Advocacy Shermal Wijewardene 13. "It's a space shuttle!" Opening up Queer* Spaces through the Performing Arts Kathrin Ebmeier and Christoph Bovermann List of Contributors Index