Modules on Gender & Sex

THE MODULES in this section center around some of the theorists that have either inspired or defined this critical school. If you are new to these theorists, you might consider working through the modules following the following rough order of increasing difficulty: Michel Foucault » Judith Butler. Note that I plan to add more theorists to this section in the new year, when I will begin to translate this Guide into a text-based introduction.

The Modules are designed to work aggregatively, so that each subsequent module tends to build on the concepts discussed in the previous modules; however, each is also designed to stand alone, and will sometimes be hyperlinked in other sections of the Guide to Theory. In this way, the modules seek to rethink the way most text-based introductions work. Like a text-based introduction, the modules can work progressively, as if one were thus turning the pages in a book. However, the structure is actually more akin to Deleuze and Guattari's notion of the rhizome: endlessly aggregative (at least in theory) and connected to each other and to the rest of the site by multiple additional links. One can therefore progress through the modules in alternate ways; in the Gender & Sex modules, for example, one can concentrate on a single concept, gender and sex, exploring how Foucault and Butler each understand these terms. One can also explore connections between the modules on Gender & Sex and those found in other locations in this site. The Foucault modules, for example, link up obviously with the Foucault modules under New Historicism, and Foucault's "repressive hypothesis" ties in logically to the modules on Freud under Psychoanalysis. Judith Butler could just as well have been discussed under Postmodernism, given her influence on that set of critical theorists (especially through her understanding of "performativity"). For a brief introduction to the two critics discussed in the Modules, go to the General Introduction.

The Modules for theories of gender and sex are on the left of this screen. If you place your cursor on one of the categories, the module sub-categories for each theorist will appear as a link. (Note that some browsers require you to double-click on the link.)

Work on these Modules has been supported by IHETS/IPSE (the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System and the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education) and their Module and Course Development Program.


Proper Citation of this Page:

Felluga, Dino. "Modules on Gender and Sex." Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. Date of last update, which you can find on the home page. Purdue U. Date you accessed the site. <>.




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