Scholars and activists often narrate the history of gender and feminism as a progression of "waves," said to mark high points of innovation in theory and moments of political breakthrough.
Arguing for the notion of multiple futurities over that of progressive waves, Beyond Gender combines theoretical work with practical applications to provide an advanced introduction to contemporary feminist and sexuality research and advocacy. This comprehensive monograph documents the diversification of gender-related disciplines and struggles, arguing for a multidisciplinary approach to issues formerly subsumed under the unified field of gender studies. Split into two parts, the volume demonstrates how the notion of gender has been criticized by various theories pertaining to masculinity, feminism, and sexuality, and also illustrates how the binary and hierarchical ordering system of gender has been troubled or overcome in practice: in queer performance, legal critique, the classroom, and textual analysis.
Taking a fresh approach to contemporary debates in feminist and sexuality studies, Beyond Gender will appeal to undergraduate students interested in fields such as Feminism and Sexuality Studies, Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, and Masculinity Studies.
Table of Contents
Beyond Gender: Towards a Decolonized Queer Feminist Future
Greta Olson and Mirjam Horn-Schott
Part I Undoing Gender Studies – Theoretical Positionings
1. The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Mars and Venus in Language and Gender Research
2. Masculinity Studies: Contemporary Approaches and Alternative Perspectives
3. Where Are We Going, Where Have We Been, Where Do We Return to, Repeatedly? The Seriality of Feminist Critique and Gender Studies
4. "Slavery to an Assembly Line is Not a Liberation from Slavery to the Kitchen Sink": Assessing Social Reproduction Theory’s Challenge to Liberal-Feminist and Classical-Marxist Paradigms
5. Modes of Being vs. Categories – Queering the Tools of Intersectionality
Gabriele Dietze, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, and Beatrice Michaelis
Part II Forms of Practice – Doing the ‘After’ of Gender Studies
6. Fictions of Sexual Amnesia
7. Loving Feminism: Negotiating Differences in the Classroom
8. Unseemly Desire – Disciplining and Othering the Sexuality of Women in Later Life
9. The Politics of Neo-Liberal Postfeminist Bridal Culture
10. Small-Screen Tweenage Angst: Feminist Icons and (Anti-)Heroines in Twenty-First Century American Popular Culture
11. The "Yes" Which Is Not One: Consent, the Law, and the Limits of False Consciousness Feminism
12. Autonomous Sri Lankan Women’s Organizations and Their Engagements with LBT Advocacy
13. "It’s a space shuttle!" Opening up Queer* Spaces through the Performing Arts
Greta Olson is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany, and general editor of the European Journal of English Studies.
Daniel Hartley is a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds, UK.
Mirjam Horn-Schott is Head of Division Conferences, Programme Assistance at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany.
Leonie Schmidt is a lecturer and PhD fellow in English and American Literature and Culture at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany.