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- DescriptionSexual Subversions introduces the works of three well kwn, if t 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 kwledges, and the strategies appropriate for developing n patriarchal, automous or woman-centred kwledges. 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 t present a common political or theoretical position or form a school, each addresses the question of women's automy from male definition, affirms the sexual specificity of women, seeks out a femininity women can use to question the patriarchal rms and ideals of femininity and rejects the preordained positions patriarchy allots to women.
- Author BiographyElizabeth Grosz teaches philosophy at the University of Sydney. Among the many works to which she has contributed are Feminist Challenges and Crossing Boundaries.
- Author(s)Elizabeth Grosz
- PublisherAllen & Unwin
- Date of Publication01/03/1989
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationSydney
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintAllen & Unwin
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight363 g
- Width141 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsMass market (rack) paperback
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