Before you can start any research on your topic, you must have a background knowledge of it. Books and websites can provide you with that knowledge.
This is important because:
Background sources give you the language that people are using to discuss your topic. You will use this language when you start to search databases for scholarly articles and resources on the topic.
This "pre-research" gives you a sense if your topic is focused enough. If your initial searches bring back so many results you can't even figure out what the language is, then you should consider narrowing your topic.
Develops Butler's theory of gender, offering an original reformulation of the materiality of bodies and examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the matter of bodies, sex and gender. The book opens new questions in feminism, post-structuralism and queer theory.
Covers various aspects of LGBT history, culture, politics, and society in America such as: workplace movements, Queer Nation, fashion and clothing, coming out and outing, family issues, health care and clinics, and federal law and policy.
One of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. As Judith Butler writes in the major essay that stands as preface to the new edition, one point of "Gender Trouble" was 'not to prescribe a new gendered way of life, but to open of the field of possibility for gender.' Widely taught, and widely debated, "Gender Trouble" continues to offer a powerful critique of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world. Judith Butler's new preface situates "Gender Trouble" within the past decade of work on gender, and counters some common misconceptions about the book and its aims.
Challenges the heterocentric foundations of critical scholarship and theories of sexual difference and investigates the complex relations between desires and identifications, libidinal economies and social configurations, political representations and sexual symbolizations.
This book seeks to demonstrate the coherence of lesbian and gay studies. It introduces the reader to the principal inter-disciplinary approaches in the field and critically assesses their strengths and weaknesses.
This guide surveys the field of lesbian and gay studies in entries on: individuals; arts and cultural studies; ethics, religion and moral philosophical issues; historical figures, periods and ideas; language, literature and communication; law and politics; medicine and biological sciences; and psychology, social sciences and education.
American Diversity, American Identity by John K. Roth (Editor)
Call Number: PS169.N35 A44 1995
Publication Date: 1995-04-01
American Diversity, American Identity is the first major reference to focus on the writers whose lives and works quintessentially define the various facets of American life. The essays are written by scholars and provide a wealth of information on each author, including a biography, achievements, analysis of his or her work, and a bibliography, illustrating how the life and the work represent the diversity of the American Experience.
Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History by Robert Aldrich (Editor); Garry Wotherspoon (Editor)
Call Number: HQ75.7 .W488 2002 REFERENCE
Publication Date: 2003-02-21
Comprehensive survey of the key figures in gay and lesbian history from classical times to the mid-20th century.