Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Paperback | July 16, 2014

EditorLal Zimman, Jenny Davis, Joshua Raclaw

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Across scholarship on gender and sexuality, binaries like female versus male and gay versus straight have been problematized as a symbol of the stigmatization and erasure of non-normative subjects and practices. The chapters in Queer Excursions offer a series of distinct perspectives on thesebinaries, as well as on a number of other, less immediately apparent dichotomies that nevertheless permeate the gendered and sexual lives of speakers. Several chapters focus on the limiting or misleading qualities of binaristic analyses, while others suggest that binaries are a crucial component ofsocial meaning within particular communities of study. Rather than simply accepting binary structures as inevitable, or discarding them from our analyses entirely based on their oppressive or reductionary qualities, this volume advocates for a re-theorization of the binary that affords more complex and contextually-grounded engagement with speakers' ownorientations to dichotomous systems. It is from this perspective that contributors identify a number of diverging conceptualizations of binaries, including those that are non-mutually exclusive, those that liberate in the same moment that they constrain, those that are imposed implicitly byresearchers, and those that re-contextualize familiar divisions with innovative meanings. Each chapter offers a unique perspective on locally salient linguistic practices that help constitute gender and sexuality in marginalized communities. As a collection, Queer Excursions argues that researchers must be careful to avoid the assumption that our own preconceptions about binary social structures will be shared by the communities we study.

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Across scholarship on gender and sexuality, binaries like female versus male and gay versus straight have been problematized as a symbol of the stigmatization and erasure of non-normative subjects and practices. The chapters in Queer Excursions offer a series of distinct perspectives on thesebinaries, as well as on a number of other, l...

Lal Zimman is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Reed College. His research, which brings together ethnographic, sociophonetic, and discourse analytic frameworks, deals with the relationship between gender, sexuality, and embodiment in the linguistic practices of transgender and LGBQ communities. Jenny L. Davis is a Lyman T. Johnson Pos...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Jenny Davis, Lal Zimman and Joshua Raclaw: Opposites attract: Theorizing binarity in sociocultural linguistics2. Lal Zimman: The discursive construction of sex: Remaking and reclaiming the gendered body in talk about genitals among trans men3. Orit Bershtling: "Speech creates a kind of commitment": Queering Hebrew4. Jenny Davis: "More than just 'gay Indians": Intersecting articulations of Two-Spirit gender, sexuality, and indigenousness5. Evelyn Blackwood: Language and non-normative gender and sexuality in Indonesia6. Erez Levon: Sexual subjectivities and lesbian and gay narratives of belonging in Israel7. William Leap: The sex machine, the full-body tattoo, and the hermaphrodite: Gay sexual cinema, audience reception and fractal recursivity8. Elijah Edelman: Neither in nor out: Taking the "T" out of the closet9. Rudolf P. Gaudio: Acting like women, acted upon: Gender and agency in Hausa sexual narratives10. Rusty Barrett: The emergence of the unmarked: Queer theory, language ideology, and formal linguistics