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Department of Philosophy

Gender Theory and Feminist Philosophy

Module leader: Dr. Sylvie Gambaudo


The first seminar will provide students with an overview of the theoretical landscape that propose understandings of gender. It will begin with a discussion of what is meant by the terms ‘gender’ and the historical background that led to its formalisation. Following this, the module will focus on two perspectives of gender, those of Julia Kristeva and Judith Butler, and on particular contemporary concerns in gender theory, such as subjectivity, intelligibility, heteronormativity and subversion.

  • Cultural perspectives: the ‘Anglo-American’ perspective
  • Cultural perspectives: the ‘French’ perspective
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • Biological determinism and social determinism
  • Post-structuralist feminist theory
  • Queer theory and trans-theory