Queer Studies

This guide was designed to help students in their research on topics related to Queer Studies.

Queer Theory

"Queer theory is a term that emerged in the late 1980s for a body of criticism on issues of gender, sexuality, and subjectivity that came out of gay and lesbian scholarship in such fields as literary criticism, politics, sociology, and history. Queer theory rejects essentialism in favor of social construction; it breaks down binary oppositions such as 'gay' or 'straight'; while it follows those postmodernists who declared the death of the self, it simultaneously attempts to rehabilitate a subjectivity that allows for sexual and political agency. Some of the most significant authors associated with queer theory include Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Judith Butler, Michael Warner, and Wayne Koestenbaum" - From the Encyclopedia of Postmodernism, in Credo Reference

Tobin, R. (2001). Queer Theory. In V. E. Taylor, & C. E. Winquist (Eds.), Encyclopedia of postmodernism. London, UK: Routledge.



Judith Butler: Your Behavior Creates Your Gender

Judith Butler's Theory of Gender Performativity

What Is Intersectionality?

Kimberlé Crenshaw: What is Intersectionality?

This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. You may copy the guide as long as credit is included. We encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials. Please be aware that many of our guides contain links to subscription-based services for which access is restricted, and collections of resources that may have additional rights reserved. Please consult the licenses and terms of use for each resource.