How is a subject produced?
Subject, Representation, Power – explain the relationship according to Butler
What is representational politics?
What are the benefits of representation?/How do the benefits of representation reinforce who gets to become a subject?
Juridical versus Productive:
What does Butler mean by “The performative invocation of a nonhistorical ‘before’” (Butler, 3)?
Compare the following to previous discussions of language/meaning:
“If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps this construct called ‘sex’ is as culturally constructed as gender; indeed, perhaps it was always already gender, with the consequence that the distinction between sex and gender turns out to be no distinction at all.” (Butler, 7)
Why must gender “also designate the very apparatus of production whereby the sexes themselves are established.” (Butler, 7)? What are the ramifications of that?
What is a social construct?
What is a “discursively conditioned experience”?
Put the following quote into your own words:
“That subject is abstract to the extent that it disavows its socially marked embodiment and further, projects that disavowed and disparaged embodiment on to the feminine sphere, effectively renaming the body as female. This association of the body with the female works along magical relations of reciprocity whereby the female sex becomes restricted to its body, and the male body, fully disavowed, becomes, paradoxically, the incorporeal instrument of an ostensibly radical freedom.” (Butler, 11-12)
How does Butler work against/beyond identity politics?
How does Butler’s analysis of Wittig’s quote on p.25 compare to Foucault’s discussion of “nature” on pages 38-39 of “The Repressive Hypothesis”?
For Foucault, where did the forms of regulation go? How does that relate to Butler’s discussion of the “juridical”? (Foucault, 38-end. Butler, 3.) What are the effects on the body?
Why does Wittig take a materialist feminist approach rather than the traditional biological approach to feminism?
Can you put this into conversation with Butler readings?
Why aren’t lesbians women to Wittig, and what do they do politically by living as they do?
Why does Wittig keep referring to the “myth of woman”?
What is representational politics?
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