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“At a moment when many had begun to worry that queer theory was becoming little more than a widespread litany of dogmas and slogans, this volume arrives as a wonderful surprise: not only because it reminds us what a contribution the varied intellectual currents grouped together under that rubric have been making—and for nearly twenty years now—to the renewal of our intellectual life; but also, and more importantly, because it shows to what a degree this theoretical effervescence lives on, and how powerfully productive it still is in all its characteristically marvelous variety.”—Didier Eribon, author of Insult and the Making of the Gay Self


“[A] a kaleidoscopic collection that rotates around the personal-is-political-is-personal axis of denormativization. . . . Queer theory, in short, is alive and kicking. Having proliferated, branched out, and, so far, resisted ossification, it provides space for diversity and disagreement. Testifying to this, the contributions to After Sex? make an illuminating and, yes, entertaining read.”
(Sylvia Mieszkowski GLQ)

“[T]he value of After Sex? resides in its unwavering commitment to show how the nuances of queer theory aid in making it a powerful form of scholarship and politics. And this motley crew of interdisciplinary scholars reflects the exact kind of bricolage that Cultural Studies argues is productive. More importantly, this book insists that troubling the lenses through which we see the world is imperative if scholars ever want to make sense of a conjuncture that is so complexly intersectional.”
(Raechel Tiffe Cultural Studies)

“Together, the essays that make up this collection offer an engaging insight into the origins, development, expansiveness and potential problems of queer theory. After Sex? does not provide a straightforward, conclusive answer to its own ambiguous question, but then it would be somewhat queer – or, rather, unqueer – if it did.”
(Forum for Modern Language Studies)

About the Author

Janet Halley is the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard University. She is the author of Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism and Don’t: A Reader’s Guide to the Military’s Anti-Gay Policy, also published by Duke University Press.

Andrew Parker is Professor of English at Amherst College and the editor of Jacques Rancière’s The Philosopher and His Poor, also published by Duke University Press.

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Product Details

  • Series: Series Q
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822349094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822349099
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks for this collection. It is a perfect example of the total self-absorption of Americans and their unwillingness to even consider that anything of interest might come from beyond their shores. Given that the editors acknowledge globalization and transnationaity in their introduction this is particularly striking: to ask someone from the majority world to reflect on the topic was obviously beyond their imagination.
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Some great contributions and interesting insights, but I wonder how the scholars' institutional (and in most instances racial) elitism might have shaped the collection.
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The readable work in this amazing volume brings together most of the major thinkers in queer theory working in English. The editors have done a fabulous job of selecting and editing this work into a coherent and compelling volume in a field whose very methodology often embraces the irrational. For anyone interested in this field now - scholars, students or curious bystanders - this collection is an essential volume.
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