Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

CONTENTS

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pp. v-6

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. vii-10

I was able to begin writing this book thanks to the one-semester research leave granted me by the Langue et Littérature Françaises section of the Conseil National des Universités in 2009; I would like to express my gratitude to the members serving on the Conseil at that time. The Institut National des...

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1. PARABASIS

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pp. 1-10

“But after all, who is interested, today, in sexual difference, gender roles and hierarchies, or even sexualities, in the United States of America—or, to be more precise, in ‘theoretical America’? In her most recent work, at least the work she has been producing in the United States and for an American...

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2. QUEENS AND QUEERS: THE THEATER OF GENDER IN “AMERICA”

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pp. 11-82

A character has recently appeared on the French media scene.1 “She” calls herself “Wendy Delorme.” Wendy Delorme is a “woman of the stage” (as we would once have spoken of a “man of letters”) of a new type, at least in France. She describes herself as a performance.2 In her “one-woman shows,”...

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3. PARADOXES OF VISIBILITY IN / AND CONTEMPORARY IDENTITY POLITICS

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pp. 83-106

One can certainly agree that women have been made invisible in history, philosophy, and politics, as has already been forcefully argued by feminist theory. The Western division between public and private spheres has indeed been organized and conceptualized as a partition between the...

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4. THE ENDS OF AN IDIOM, OR SEXUAL DIFFERENCE IN TRANSLATION

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pp. 107-125

In a 1994 interview titled “Sexual Traffic,”1 Judith Butler questioned Gayle Rubin about the political and theoretical reasoning that had led her to drop the paradigm of gender in favor of a theory and politics of sex. Rubin responded as follows:...

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5. ROXANA’S LEGACY: FEMINISM AND CAPITALISM IN THE WEST

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pp. 126-166

Feminist theory was constituted almost immediately as a field of crisis and in crisis. For the crisis in feminist theory coincided almost exactly with its rise to prominence. In their introduction to Conflicts in Feminism, a volume published in 1990 that recapitulates ten years of theoretical and political...

NOTES

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pp. 167-210

WORKS CITED

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pp. 211-221

INDEX

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pp. 223-228