What is a Woman?
And Other Essays
By (author) Toril Moi
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What is a Woman? by Toril Moi
Book DescriptionWhat is a woman? And what does it mean to be a feminist today? In her first full-scale engagement with feminist theory since her internationally renowned Sexual/Textual Politics (1985), Toril Moi challenges the dominant trends in contemporary feminist and cultural thought, arguing for a feminism of freedom inspired by Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex. Written in a clear and engaging style What is a Woman? brings together two brand new book-length theoretical interventions, Moi's work on Freud and Bourdieu, and her studies of desire and knowledge in literature. In the controversial title-essay, Toril Moi radically rethinks current debates about sex, gender, and the body - challenging the commonly held belief that the sex/gender distinction is fundamental to all feminist theory. Moi rejects every attempt to define masculinity and femininity, including efforts to define femininity as that which 'cannot be defined'. In the second new book-length essay, 'I Am a Woman', Toril Moi reworks the relationship between the personal and the philosophical, pursuing ways to write theory that do not neglect the claims of the personal. Setting up an encounter between contemporary theory and Simone de Beauvoir, Moi radically rethinks the need, and difficulty, of finding one's own philosophical voice by placing it in new theoretical contexts. A sustained refusal to lay down theoretical or political requirements for femininity, and a powerful argument for a feminism of freedom, What is a Woman? is a deeply original contribution to feminist theory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198186755
(235mm x 155mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jun-2001
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.
Sex, Gender, and the Body, Paperback (January 2005)
Aimed at university courses, this work consists of two essays from "What Is a Woman?". By suggesting that we think of the body as a situation, 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.
Sexual/Textual Politics, Paperback (June 2002)» View all books by Toril Moi
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.
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Author Biography - Toril Moi
Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University and author of the influential and best-selling Sexual/Textual Politics, (ed). The Kristeva Reader, and (ed) French Feminist Thought.
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