The field of Queer Theory has long been dominated by the work of Judith Butler and the focus on Performativity. This exciting collection of new work proposes a major paradigm shift in debates on sexuality: a shift away from discourse, identity and signification, to a radical new conception of bodily materialism. The themes explored in the book are diverse and include: the revisiting of the term ‘queer’; a rethinking of the sex-gender distinction as implied in Queer Theory; an exploration of queer temporalities; the non/re-reading of the homosexual body/desire and the becoming-queer of the Deleuze/Guattari philosophy. The book will be of particular interest to both queer and Deleuzian theorists, as well as to a broader audience of academics working in the vast field of feminism, gender and sexuality studies.
By Chrysanthi Nigianni and Merl Storr, 2009