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Berkeley's Judith Butler Revels in Role of Troublemaker

She challenged ideas of gender and helped create queer theory; now she moves to defend free speech

May 23, 1997 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

Berkeley, Cal. -- Long before Gender Trouble caused a stir, and before she became a prominent theorist with a devoted graduate-student following, Judith Butler was a kid in a Cleveland synagogue who frequently got herself in trouble.

She disrupted...

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