This text offers a clear introductory overview of the concept of gender. It places gender in its historical contexts and traces its development from the Enlightenment to the present, before moving on to the evolution of the concept of gender from within the various stances of feminist criticism and recent developments in queer theory and post-feminism. Close analysis of key literary texts, including "Frankenstein", "Paradise Lost" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" shows how specific styles of literature enable reflection on gender.
CLAIRE COLEBROOK teaches English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of a number of articles on feminist theory, and her recent books include Ethics and Representation (1999) and Understanding Deleuze (2002).