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Description - Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference by Ellen Armour

The term "feminism" conjures up the promise of resistance to the various forms of oppression women face. But feminism's ability to fulfil this promise has been undermined by its failure to deal adequately with the difference that race makes for gender. In this book, Ellen T. Armour forges an alliance between deconstruction and feminist theology and theory by demonstrating deconstruction's usefulness in addressing feminism's trouble with race. Armour shows how the writings of Jacques Derrida and Luce Irigaray can be used to uncover feminism's white presumptions so that race and gender can be thought of differently. In concise terms she explores the possibilities and limitations for feminist theology of Derrida's conception of "woman" and Irigaray's "multiple woman," as well as Derrida's thinking on race and Irigaray's work on religion. Armour then points a way beyond the race/gender divide with the help of African-American theorists such as bell hooks, Hortense Spillers, and Patricia Hill Collins.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226026909
ISBN-10: 0226026906
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 150mm x 15mm)
Pages: 270
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ellen Armour

Ellen T. Armour is associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. She is coeditor for theology for "Religious Studies Review."