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Judith Butler Interview

Judith Butler Interview

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Published by Sreekanth Ravi

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Published by: Sreekanth Ravi on May 29, 2011
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It was a strange, busy day when the phone rang and I heard Athinatell me: “Your interview with Judith Butler is scheduled for tomorrow at 17.00 at the hotel Caravel. She will be expecting you, she won’t have a lot of time I’ll have to pick her up for her lecture at PanteioUniversity. “ I said ok, hung up the phone and called my friend Maria,who had informed me in the first place that Judith would be comingto Athens. I screamed on the phone “Maria tomorrow is the interview with Judith” but she was busy and was kind of angry with me. Then Ithought of Katerina but she didn’t have the time either. I must confess that the decision to go by myself was kind of hard. The very idea of interviewing Judith was an amazing feat. I had so many thingsto tell her…but by myself? I met her on the entrance of the hotel where she was posing for a photographer. I immediately felt an intimacy, she was butch just likeme, she was cool and comfortable with the camera. She glowed and her glow cast my fears and anxiety aside. We sat down inside in therestaurant, she ordered green tea and I ordered a diet coke. She had swam earlier in the swimming pool, she loves to swim, that’s why shechose that hotel because of the swimming pool. And she loves yogaas well! I learned about that later on of course…
 
 
Maria Cyber: When you talk about gender andespecially when you started writing Gender Trouble, didyou do it because you had questions concerning yourown gender?Judith Butler: Don’t we all?Maria Cyber: It took me a long time to understandmyself and figure out what my ‘problem’ was, becausea lesbian identity just wasn’t enough. And I had troublewith the lesbian organizations because I behaved like aboy and in 1997 when I was dating a butch girl she toldme of the transgender movement and I immediatelywanted to find out more about it. That’s how I foundout about you and Kate Bernstein. Bernstein writes in anon-academic language.Judith Butler: Yes she does.

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