Judith Butler, Gender Theorist

Judith Butler is the Maxine Elliot professor in the departments of rhetoric and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley and this 2006 ‘bio-pic’ by Paule Zajdermann (for German French TV Channel ‘arte’) gives a perspective on her intellectual life and her influential thought. This includes interviews and sections of her lectures. (in English and French with French subtitles | split into six parts). The voice-over is in French (without subtitles), but thankfully its brief, and, she speaks in English (with a bit of German). Sync problem with part four, just listen in.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

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Bernice
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the greatest woman scholar in the western world? Probably not!

dipali
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inspiring!

Debbie
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Sensitive and intense intellectual. I am more in awe of her also because of her making a mark in a largely male dominated sphere.

Nusrat
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She is quite an inspiration, although somewhere I felt that she over-intellectualizes at times. Certainly out of the ordinary.

Nibedita
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Finally got to know her personality a bit. :)

Thanks!

sumi
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very intense lady. like.

Nityanshu
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This is great…..in fact the entire website is a wonderful treasure. thanks sir!

Joon Se
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one of the most imp woman thinkers of the last/this century..for sure.

CJ
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She is certainly at the forefront of postmodern, poststructural thought in her emphasis of the linguistic base to our perception of reality.

Neethi
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Gender as performance makes a lot of sense as an argument. I remember growing up as a child being told ‘girls don’t sit like this’ or ‘thats a boy’s game’ and so on. We are certainly socialised into performing our gender.

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Penelope R
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Thank you so much for posting this!

Ridhima
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Butler has troubled the concept of gender like no one else before! In these videos she comes across as a friendly, accessible person.

Marcus
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Excellent. Good to get up close to a lady I have admired much!
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Masaba
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Bravo!!!: The act that one does, the act that one performs, is, in a sense, an act that has been going on before one arrived on the scene. Hence, gender is an act which has been rehearsed, much as a script survives the particular actors who make use of it, but which requires individual actors in order to be actualized and reproduced as reality once again….

Tsien Wu
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our sense of selfwilled, independent subjectivity is really a construction, right?

questioning
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I liked her questioning of the idea of marriage – why marriage and why between two people only?? why is two so sacrosant? Adam and Eve??

Portia
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I think she was greatly influenced by John Searle’s speech-act theory!

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