Queer theory

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This chapter offers an account of central issues and themes in queer theory, with particular attention to the challenges it has posed to the concepts of normativity, identity, and the category of “woman.” It explores queer theory’s emergence from lesbian and gay studies, and considers its relation to feminist philosophy and trans theory. The chapter outlines the founding contributions of Judith Butler and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, along with several other influential queer theorists, and traces the concept of heteronormativity from its central place in queer theory’s earliest works to more recent reconsiderations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780190628925
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Eve sedgwick
  • Feminism
  • Heteronormativity
  • Judith butler
  • Lesbian and gay studies
  • Queer theory
  • Sexuality


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