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Queering the Second Wave

Paragraph Volume 41, Issue 3

Edited by Lisa Downing, Lara Cox

Paperback (Forthcoming)

Exploring a series of unsung -- and sometimes counterintuitive -- resonances between second-wave feminism and queer theory in both Anglophone and Francophone contexts.

Queering the Second Wave considers the works and ideas of feminists including Monique Wittig, Shulamith Firestone, Andrea Dworkin, Marilyn Frye, Donna Haraway, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Cherríe Moraga as precursors of queer theoretical writings by names such as Judith Butler, Marie-Hélène Sam Bourcier, Lee Edelman, and Judith Jack Halberstam. While acknowledging some of the problems and blindspots of second-wave politics and writing, we nevertheless seek to challenge the assumption that second-wave feminism is politically outdated or invalid. Instead, we imagine cross-generational and cross-discursive dialogues, and trace a genealogy of influence between the second-wave past and the queer present, while also speculating, in some cases, on previously unimagined queer-feminist futures.

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‘Introduction’, Lisa Downing and Lara Cox; ‘The Queer Body of / in MLF Literature’, Anne Emmanuelle Berger; ‘F*cking the Body, Rewriting the Text: Proto-Queer Gender Expression through Textual Drag in Wittig’s Le Corps lesbien and Woolf’s Orlando’, Kayte Stokoe; ‘A feminist corpus permeating the queer body: reading the legacy of the second-wave in the queer writing of Paul B. Preciado’, Elliot Evans; ‘Shadow Sisters: Monique Wittig, Shulamith Firestone, and Proto-Antisocial Queer Utopias’, Lisa Downing; ‘Arrogant, Loving, and Accountable Perception: A femme-inist Journey with Marilyn Frye’, Ulrika Dahl; ‘The Decolonial Queer Feminism of Donna Haraway’s ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’ (1985)’, Lara Cox; ‘Queering the Victim with Dworkin and MacKinnon’, Alex Dymock; ‘Man Up! Queer Identities and the Politics of Radical Dissidence’, Cherríe Moraga; ‘An Interview with J. J. Halberstam’, Lisa Downing and Lara Cox

About the Author

Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her books include, most recently, The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and the co-authored Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money’s Diagnostic Concepts (with Iain Morland and Nikki Sullivan, University of Chicago Press, 2015). She is currently writing a monograph on “selfish women”.

Lara Cox is an independent scholar based in Paris, France, She is the author of numerous articles on gender studies, theatre, humour, and performance. Her forthcoming book (with Peter Lang) treats the contemporary intersectional political relevance of avant-garde theatre.

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