Sex, Gender, and the Body
The Student Edition of What is a Woman?
By (author) Toril Moi
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Sex, Gender, and the Body by Toril Moi
Book DescriptionThis affordable, compact edition, designed specially for use in university courses, consists of two of the most celebrated essays from Toril Moi's highly-acclaimed What Is a Woman? What is a woman? Does it make sense to think of a woman as the combination of sex and gender? Is 'I am a woman' the same kind of declaration as 'I am a man'? What does it mean to speak 'as a woman'? In these essays Moi rethinks the contribution of Simone de Beauvoir to feminist theory, and shows that The Second Sex, properly read, offers inspiring solutions to urgent contemporary problems. By suggesting that we think of the body as a situation, the first essay offers a serious challenge to dominant poststructuralist theories of sex and gender. The second essay investigates the place of the personal in theory. What is the status of references to personal experiences, or to one's person (one's race, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality) in theoretical debates? Both essays provide, in vivid and compelling detail, a third way for feminism, beyond the current stalemate between essentialism and constructionism. This is a major and truly original contribution to feminist theory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199276226
(235mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Toril Moi
Simone De Beauvoir, Paperback (August 2009)
For the second edition of her landmark study of Simone de Beauvoir, Toril Moi provides a major new introduction discussing current developments in Beauvoir studies as well as the recent publication of papers and letters by Beauvoir, including her letters to her lovers Jacques-Laurent Bost and Nelson Agren, and her student diaries from 1926-7.
Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism, Paperback (February 2008)
This is a major critical study of Henrik Ibsen by a leading literary theorist. Toril Moi offers a radical reappraisal of Ibsen's place in the birth of modernism and the origins of modern theatre, his influence on other writers, and the connection between his visual imagination and his plays.
Sexual/Textual Politics, Paperback (June 2002)
This book examines the strengths and limitations of the two main strands in feminist criticism, the Anglo-American and the French, paying particular attention to the works of Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva.
What is a Woman?, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by Toril Moi
This challenge to the dominant trends in contemporary feminist and cultural thought, arguing for a feminism of freedom inspired by Simone de Beauvoir's "The Second Sex", brings together Moi's work on Freud and Bourdieu, and her studies of desire and knowledge in literature.
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Author Biography - Toril Moi
Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University, author of the influential and best-selling Sexual/Textual Politics and What Is a Woman?, and editor of The Kristeva Reader and French Feminist Thought.
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