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ABSTRACT. During his lifelong career, Albee has created a world inhabited by people struggling to understand and assert their identity within a social sphere of change and crisis, as his plays, being critiques of humans and their society, bring to light psychosocial, sexual, philosophical, and political problems lying at the heart of human existence. In like manner, Butler, tracking changes in contemporary social and political arena, has drawn upon various traditions in psychoanalysis, philosophy, feminism, and queer criticism in order to develop a wide set of reflections on gender, sexuality, language, and identity. This study has tried to merge Albee’s worldview expressed in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf into Butler’s philosophy to illuminate Albeean world through a Butlerian perspective. pp. 85–100

Keywords: Albee; Butler; gender; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; sexuality; performativity

How to cite: Shams, Parisa, and Farideh Pourgiv (2013), “Gender Trouble in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,’” Journal of Research in Gender Studies 3(2): 85–100.

PARISA SHAMS
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Shiraz University, Iran
FARIDEH POURGIV
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Shiraz University, Iran

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