Three French Feminists
By (author) Elizabeth Grosz
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Sexual Subversions by Elizabeth Grosz
Book DescriptionSexual Subversions introduces the works of three well known, if not well-read, French feminists: Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray and Micele Le Doeuff. It provides a map of an area where there are few detailed discussion of the achievements of these difficult, yet immensely rewarding, writers. In doing so, this overview raises issues of general relevance to feminist research: it participates in debates around the nature of feminist theory, the relations feminist intellectuals have to male dominated knowledges, and the strategies appropriate for developing non patriarchal, autonomous or woman-centred knowledges. No book in French feminists would be complete without including the contributions of Kristeva and Irigaray. The inclusion of Le Deouff's work, which brings a different perspective to bear on the question of sexual difference, provides a counterbalance to literary appropriations of French feminism by Anglo-American readerships. Kristeva, Irigaray and Le Deouff are the focal points of this study, precisely because each highlights the differences of the others, revealing the frameworks to which the others are committed. Nevertheless, while these writers do not present a common political or theoretical position or form a school, each addresses the question of women's autonomy from male definition, affirms the sexual specificity of women, seeks out a femininity women can use to question the patriarchal norms and ideals of femininity and rejects the preordained positions patriarchy allots to women.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780043510728
(216mm x 141mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1989
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Elizabeth Grosz
Jacques Lacan, Hardback (October 2015)
Grosz gives a critical overview of Lacan's work from a feminist perspective. Discussing previous attempts to give a feminist reading of his work, she argues for women's autonomy based on an "indifference" to the Lacanian phallus.
Feminist Challenges, Hardback (April 2013)
In this title, new and established scholars demonstrate the application of feminism in a range of academic disciplines including history, philosophy, politics, and sociology.
Becoming Undone, Paperback (September 2011)
Elizabeth Grosz addresses three related concepts-life, politics, and art-by exploring the implications of Charles Darwin s account of the evolution of species.
Chaos, Territory, Art, Hardback (May 2008)» View all books by Elizabeth Grosz
Argues that art, especially architecture, music, and painting, is born from the disruptive forces of sexual selection. This book approaches art as a form of erotic expression that connects sensory richness with primal desire. It argues that the meaning of art comes from the intensities and sensations it inspires, not just its intention.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Grosz
Elizabeth Grosz teaches philosophy at the University of Sydney. Among the many works to which she has contributed are "Feminist Challenges" and "Crossing Boundaries."
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