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Queer Theories

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Part of the Transitions book series (TRANSs)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: What “Queer Theories” Can do for You

  3. The Social Construction of Queer Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Donald E. Hall
      Pages 51-85
  4. Queer Readings

  5. Post Queer?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Donald E. Hall
      Pages 175-190
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-214

About this book


This essential introductory guide explores and aggressively expands the provocative new field of sexual identity studies. It explains the history of sexual identity categories, such as 'gay' and 'lesbian', covers the reclamation of 'queer' as a term of radical self-identification, and details recent challenges to sexual identity studies posed by transgender and bisexual theories. Donald E. Hall offers concrete applications of the abstract theories he explores, with imaginative new readings of such works as 'The Yellow Wallpaper', Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Orlando and The Color Purple.

Throughout, Hall urges the reader to grapple with the changing nature of sexual identity in the twenty-first century and asks searching questions about how we might identify ourselves differently given new technologies and new possibilities for sexual experimentation. To students, theorists and activists alike, Queer Theories issues a challenge to continue to disrupt narrow, traditional notions of sexual 'normality' and to resist setting up new and confining categories of 'true' sexual identity.


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About the authors

DONALD E. HALL is Professor of English at California State University, Northridge.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Queer Theories
  • Authors Donald E. Hall
  • Series Title Transitions
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-77539-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-77540-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-1356-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 214
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Literary Theory
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