Reading List 10: Theories of Genders and Sexualities

Faculty Committee: Bernadette Andrea, Maurizia Boscagli, Julie Carlson, Bishnupriya Ghosh, Glyn Salton-Cox, Daniel Reeve

Core Texts

Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands  Part I

Leo Bersani, "Is the Rectum a Grave?"

Rosie Braidotti, Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, Book  1: Facts and Myths

Rosemary Hennessy, Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality Vol. 1

Sigmund Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexulaity, "Female Sexuality," "Femininity," "On Narcissism"

Donna Haraway, "The Cyborg Manifesto"

Julia Kristeva, "Women's Time:

Jacques Lacan, "The Mirror Stage," Seminar XX: On Feminine Sexuality

Herbert Marcuse, "On the Affirmative Character of Culture"

Gayle Rubin, "The Traffic in Women"

Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick, "Introduction" to The Epistemology of the Closet, "Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl" from Tendencies

Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto

Hortense Spillers, "Momma's Baby, Papa's Maybe"

Gayatri Chakavorty Spivak, "Can the Subaltern Speak?"

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Single Author Books

Michele Barrett, Chapters 1 & 2 from Women's Oppression Today

Lauren Berlant, "Introduction to Cruel Optimism

Leo Bersani, Homos, Prologue, Chapters 1, 2

Judith Butler, "Melancholy Gender/Refused Identification" and "Psychic Inceptions: Melancholy, Ambivalence, Rage," from The Psychic Life of Power

Angela Davis, "The Legacy of Slavery: Standards for a New Womanhood"

Teresa De Lauretis,  "The Technology of Gender"

Mary Anne Doan, Femme Fatales, Chapters I and II

Lee Edelman, "Homoegraphesis" and "Tearooms and Sympathy" from Homoeographsis ---No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, Introduction

Kevin Floyd, The Reification of Desire, Introduction, Chap. 1 and Conclusion

Ruth Frankenberg, "Growing Up White: The Social Geography of Race"

Roderick Ferguson, Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queers of Color Critique

Elizabeth Grosz, Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism

Judith Halberstam, "Introduction: Low Theory" from The Queer Art of Failure --- "Transgender/Butch: The Butch/FTM Wars and the Masculine Continuum"

David Halparin, What do Gay Men Want? , Michael Warner's afterward, optional

Luce Irigaray, "Any Theory of the Subject Has Always Been Appropriated by the Masculine," from Speculum of the Other Woman; "Women on the Market," and "This Sex Which is Not One," from This Sex is not One

Julia Kristeva, "Stabat Mater," "Might Universality be our Forgiveness" and "Psychoanalysis as Counterdepressant," "Approaching Abjection" in Powers of Horror

Heather Love, "Emotional Rescue: The Demands of Queer History" from Feeling Backwards

Kobena Mercer, Chapters 5, 6 from Welcome to the Jungle

Trihn T. Minh-ha, "Introduction" from Woman, Native, Other

Jose Esteban Munoz, "Performing Disidentifications" from Disidentifications, Cruising Utopia (complete)

Jacqueline Rose, Women in Dark Times Part 1 and 2

Gayatri Chakavorty Spivak, Ch. 4 & 7 in Outside in the Teaching Machine and "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism"


Sara Ahmed, "Orientations: Toward Objects" (from Queer Phenomenology)

Lauren Berlant, "Sex Without Love"

Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner, "Sex in Public"

Judith Butler, "Against Proper Objects"

Hazel Carby, "White Women Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood"

Mel Chen, "Language and Mattering Humans" (from Queer Animacies)

Douglas Crimp, "AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism"

Silvia Federici, "Precarious Labor: A Feminist Perspective"

Elizabeth Freeman, "Introduction: Queer and Not Now" (fromTime Binds)

Maria Lugones and Eilzabeth Spelman, "Have We Got a Theory for You! Feminist Theory, Cultural Imperialsim and the Demand for a 'Woman's Voice'"

Joseph Massad, "Reorienting Desire: The Gay Inernational and the Arab World"

Cherrie Moraga, "From a Long Line of Vendidas" from Loving in the War Years

Chandra Mohanty, "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourse"

Elizabeth Povinelli, "Intimate Grammars"

Jasbir Puar, "The sexuality of terrorism"

Gayle Rubin, "Thinking Sex"

Chela Sandoval, "US Third World Feminism"

Joan Scott "The Evidence of Experience" from Conflicts in Feminism

Linda Singer, "Sex and the Logic of Late Capitalism" the Erotic Welfare

Paula Treichler, "AIDS: Homophobia and Biomedical Discourse"

Simon Watney, "The Spectacle of AIDS"

Michael Warner, "Introduction" to Fear of a Queer Planet

Patricia Williams, "On Being the Object of Property" fromThe Alchemy of Race

Monique Wittig, "The Straight Mind"

Revised 12/2014