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The Question of Gender: Joan W. Scott’s Critical Feminism

Butler, Judith and Elizabeth Weed, eds. The Question of Gender: Joan W. Scott’s Critical Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.


Twenty-five years after Joan Scott published her groundbreaking article, “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis,” scholars from multiple disciplines reflect on the ways in which Scott’s bold questions have informed their work. The essays in this volume cut across vectors of race, class, sexuality, religion, colonialism, and citizenship while treading the globe from India to France to ground diverse case studies. By contextualizing Scott’s questions within their own research, thirteen scholars from history, literature, and philosophy illustrate the dynamic uses of gender. They conclude that gender’s analytical uses are as myriad and complex as the hierarchies of power that it intersects. This thought-provoking volume confirms the continuous critical and creative potential of gender as a “question” of analysis.

Katie Jarvis

Introduction, Judith Butler and Elizabeth Weed

Part I: Reading Joan Wallach Scott

1. Speaking Up, Talking Back: Joan Scott’s Critical Feminism | Judith Butler

Part II: The Case of History

2. Language, Experience, and Identity: Joan W. Scott and the Theoretical Challenge to Historical Studies | Miguel A. Cabrera

3. Out of Their Orbit: Celebrities and Eccentrics in Nineteenth-Century France | Mary Louise Roberts

4. Historically Speaking: Gender and Citizenship in Colonial India | Mrinalini Sinha

5. Gender and the Figure of the ‘Moderate Muslim’: Feminism in the Twenty-first Century | Elora Shehabuddin

6. A Double-Edged Sword: Sexual Democracy, Gender Norms, and Racialized Rhetoric  | Éric Fassin

Part III: Seeing the Question

7. Seeing beyond the Norm: Interpreting Gender in the Visual Arts | Mary D. Sheriff

8. Unlikely Couplings: The Gendering of Print Technology in the French Fin-de-Siècle | Janis Bergman-Carton

9. Screening the Avant-Garde Face | Mary Ann Doane

Part IV: Body and Sexuality in Question

10. The Sexual Schema: Transposition and Transgenderism in Phenomenology of Perception | Gayle Salamon

11. Foucault and Feminism’s Prodigal Children | Lynne Huffer

12. From the ‘Useful’ to the ‘Impossible’ in Joan W. Scott | Elizabeth Weed

Thinking in Time: An Epilogue on Ethics and Politics | Wendy Brown





Katie Jarvis

Assistant Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Je suis maître de conférences en histoire à l'University of Notre Dame. Mes recherches portent sur des marchandes parisiennes qui s’appellent les Dames des Halles pendant la Révolution française. En les utilisant comme un prisme, je demande comment les révolutionnaires ont négocié la double croissance des aspirations démocratiques et le capitalisme à travers leur métier quotidien. J’examine la façon dont les Dames ont inventé une notion de citoyenneté naissante qui a eu le travail, plutôt que le sexe, comme la base. En même temps, j'analyse comment les révolutionnaires ont débattu le rôle politique des classes populaires par les marchandes en détail. La nation française - et une grande partie de l'Europe – s’accapareraient dans ces problèmes pour des décennies.

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