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Feminist and Queer Theory

An Intersectional and Transnational Reader

Edited by L. Ayu Saraswati and Barbara L. Shaw

Publication Date - 15 January 2020

ISBN: 9780190841799

576 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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The only anthology that explicitly addresses both feminist and queer theory through intersectional and transnational lenses


As women's studies departments and programs undergo rapid transformation in higher education, there has been a burgeoning demand for instructional material that addresses feminist and queer studies at all levels in the curricula. Feminist and Queer Theory: An Intersectional and Transnational Reader reflects this vibrantly expanding field and meets the urgent need for theory courses.

Feminist and Queer Theory: An Intersectional and Transnational Reader is not simply a feminist theory text that includes queer theories; rather, it theorizes at the intersection of feminist and queer theories, and by doing so, transforms and reshapes the boundaries of the fields. The book invites students to think critically about the limitations of understanding feminist theory as separate, but tangentially related, to queer theory and moves them beyond transnationalism as "additive" to U.S.-centered intersectional perspectives. The book frames feminist and queer inquiry as being articulated through each other and within a global context. It also provide new voices--scholarly, activist, and creative--inside and outside the U.S. that are shaping the field and selections that highlight the importance of im/migration and borders as well as science, technology, and digital cultures.

About the Author(s)

L. Ayu Saraswati is Associate Professor and Chair of the Women's Studies department at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

Barbara L. Shaw is Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and recently was awarded the Brett '65 and Gwendolyn '64 Elliott Professorship for Interdisciplinary Studies at Allegheny College.


"Feminist and Queer Theory is a vital contribution to the field of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. The authors have created a rigorous reader that is also accessible--it is unique, timely, and extremely valuable. The book's transnational focus only adds to its originality and value."--Corie Hammers, Macalester College

"Feminist and Queer Theory moves past the assumptions of a U.S. lens, integrates queer bodies and queer frameworks for theorizing gender, and confronts the legacy of the two-gender binary and reorganizes that historical framework. This is an important intervention in feminist theory texts for the field that finally contemporizes feminist theory to integrate intersections between feminist and queer theory. I love the approach!"--Dawn Rae Davis, Monterey Peninsula College

"Feminist and Queer Theory is broad in scope, representative, inclusive, and conceptually well crafted. The authors' writing style is exceptionally strong, accessible, and articulate. The book has a very strong, multifaceted approach to teaching feminist theory in the twenty-first century classroom."--Vara Neverow, Southern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents


    Section I: Theories, Stories, Histories

    Telling Stories, Historicizing Theories
    1. bell hooks, "Theory as Liberatory Practice" (1991)
    2. Clare Hemmings, Introduction from Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory (2011)
    3. Moon Charania, "Speaking in Tongues: Furtive Knowledge and/in the Pakistani GeoBody" (new)
    4. Leila J. Rupp, from Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women
    5. Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, "Global Identities: Theorizing Transnational Studies of Sexuality"
    6. E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson, "Quare Studies, or (almost) Everything I know about Queer Studies I learned from My Grandmother"
    7. Susan Stryker, "Transgender Studies: Queer Theory's Evil Twin"

    Theoretical Devices and Modes of Theory Production
    8. Chandra Mohanty, "Transnational Feminist Crossings: On Neoliberalism and Radical Critique"
    9. Akiko Takeyama, "Possessive Individualism in the Age of Postfeminism and Neoliberalism: Self-Ownership, Consent, and Contractual Abuses in Japan's Adult Video Industry"
    10. Amrita Banerjee, "A Transnational Intervention into an Ethic of Care: Quandaries of Care Ethics for Transnational Feminisms"
    11. Megan Sibbett, "Breaking Into Bad: The New Privileged Monsters, or, Straight, Middle-Class, White Guys"
    12. Sarah E.S. Sinwell, "#MakeReyAsexual and #KeepJugheadAsexual: Asexuality, Queerness and Representation on Twitter"
    13. Diza Edgina H., "Praise and Prejudice"

    Theorizing and Transforming: Intersectionality and Beyond
    14. Donna Haraway, "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective"
    15. Neha Vora, "A Transnational Feminist Critique of the March for Science"
    16. Avery Dame-Griff, "Algorithms Are a Feminist Issue"
    17. Kimberlé Crenshaw, "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics"
    18. Mel Michelle Lewis, "A Bridge Across Our Fears: Queer Feminist Intersectional Ethnic Studies as Interdisciplinary Praxis"
    19. Alison Kafer, from Feminist, Queer, Crip
    20. Marivel Danielson, "Our Art is Our Weapon: Women of Color Transforming Academia"

    Section II: Theorizing and Troubling the Body

    Returning to the Body
    21. Trinh T. Minh-Ha, "Write Your Body"
    22. James Burford and Sam Orchard, "Chubby Boys with Strap-ons: Queering Fat Transmasculine Embodiment"
    23. Christina Lux, "Wildlife Refuge"
    24. Chikako Takeshita, "'Keep Life Simple': Body/Technology Relationship in Racialized Global Contexts"
    25. Stacy Alaimo, "Eluding Capture: The Science, Culture, and Pleasure of 'Queer' Animals"
    26. Joanne Clarke Dillman, "'Dominated, Opened and Entered': Theorizing the Dead Woman in Contemporary Media Representation"

    Troubling Bodies, Troubled Bodies
    27. Judith Butler, "Gender Trouble, Feminist Theory and Psychoanalytic Discourse"
    28. Hendri Yulius, "The Queer Child in Transnational Indonesia: Fear, Futurity, and Rectum Politics"
    29. Vanita Reddy, "Family Togetherness, Affect Aliens, and the Ugly Feelings of Being Included"
    30. Kimberly Dark, "It Was a Lovely Dinner"

    Bodies, Sex, and Desire: Embodying Power
    31. Audre Lorde, "The Uses of the Erotic: the Erotic as Power"
    32. Annamarie Jagose, "Counterfeit Pleasures: Fake Orgasm and Queer Agency"
    33. Karina Eileraas Karakus, "An (Im)modest Revolution?: Nudity, Modest Fashion, and Cultural Appropriation on the Global Runway"

    Section III: Crossing Borders and Transnational Movements

    Crossing Borders
    34. Heidi Mirza, "'A Second Skin': Embodied Intersectionality, Transnationalism, and Narratives of Identity and Belonging among Muslim Women in Britain"
    35. Isis Nusair, "Permanent Transients: Gendering the Narratives of Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan"
    36. M. Soledad Caballero, "The Spell"
    37. Gayatri Gopinath, "Impossible Desires"
    38. Aren Aizura, "Transnational Transgender Rights and Immigration"
    39. Martin Manalansan, "Migrancy, Modernity, Mobility: Quotidian Struggles and Queer Diasporic Intimacy"
    40. Gloria Anzaldúa, "La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness"

    Transnational Justice Movements
    41. Christina Holmes, "Feminist Approaches to Environmentalism: Ecofeminism, Ecowomanism, and Borderlands Environmentalism"
    42. Karma Chávez, "Queer Migration Politics as Transnational Activism"
    43. Elora Chowdhury, "'Transnationalism Reversed': Engaging Religion, Development, and Women's Organizing in Bangladesh"
    44. S.M. Rodriguez, "Invisibility Matters: Queer African Organizing and Visibility Management in a Transnational Age"
    45. Brandy Nalani McDougall, "Sovereign Bodies, Sovereign Chic: Indigenous Women's Activist Fashion and the Fashioning of Protection Movements"
    46. Jennifer Nish, Kimberly A. Williams, and L. Ayu Saraswati, ""Marching and Crossing Borders: A Transnational Conversation"

    Section IV: Resistance, Resilience and Decolonizing Praxis

    Violence, Resistance, and Resilience
    47. Qwo-Li Driskill, "Stolen from our Bodies: First Nations Two-Spirits/Queers and the Journey to a Sovereign Erotic"
    48. Jenny Heijun Wills, "Transnational Adoption and the Paradox of Reproductive Rights"
    49. Dean Spade, "What's Wrong with Rights?"
    50. Ashwini Tambe, "Indian Americans in the Trump Era: A Transnational Feminist Analysis"
    51. Barbara Boswell, "African Women's Literature as Feminist Theory"
    52. Cherríe Moraga, "La Güera"

    Feminist and Queer Horizons

    53. Sara Ahmed, "Lesbian Feminism"
    54. José Muñoz, "Queerness as Horizon: Utopian Hermeneutics in the Face of Gay Pragmatism"
    55. Angela Willey, "Biopossibility: A Queer Feminist Materialist Science Studies Manifesto, with Special Reference to the Question of Monogamous Behavior"
    56. AnaLouise Keating and Kakali Bhattacharya. "Decolonizing Religion, Transforming Spirit: The Imaginal in Gloria Anzaldúa's Autohistoria-Teoría"
    57. Eli Clare, "Moving through Cure: Choosing Disability"
    58. Jayna Brown, "A World on Fire: Radical Black Feminism in a Dystopian Age"
    59. Angela Davis, "Transnational Solidarities"