Objective: Chapter 1, Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire, Section I, Butler relies on other theorists often to analyze and critique. One of these theorists is Foucault. Foucault claims that society constructs subjects and then individuals represent them. This follows from the argument that requirements precede identity. This would suggest that the concept of the feminine identity is constructed by societal mechanisms. This lesson will examine Butler's reliance upon Foucault in determining society's construction of identity.
1. Class Discussion: Describe how Butler relies on Foucault and other theorists. What does this say about Butler's work? Does it make sense for Butler to rely on Foucault's ideas about identity and societal mechanisms? Does Butler seem to agree with Foucault that requirements precede identity?
2. Group Discussion: Examine Foucault's arguments. How does Foucault expand upon the ideas that Butler has? Is Foucault's argument relevant to Butler's thesis? How do you know? Does Foucault...
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