Speculum of the Other Woman Book
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Speculum of the Other Woman


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 1985
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 365
  • ISBN 10 : 0801493307

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Speculum of the Other Woman Excerpt :

A radically subversive critique brings to the fore the masculine ideology implicit in psychoanalytic theory and in Western discourse in general: woman is defined as a disadvantaged man, a male construct with no status of her own.

This Sex which is Not One Book
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This Sex which is Not One


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 1985
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN 10 : 0801493315

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This Sex which is Not One Excerpt :

In eleven acute and widely ranging essays, Irigaray reconsiders the question of female sexuality in a variety of contexts that are relevant to current discussion of feminist theory and practice.

Reading Lacan Book

Reading Lacan


  • Author : Jane Gallop
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-06
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501721601

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Reading Lacan Excerpt :

The influence of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan has extended into nearly every field of the humanities and social sciences—from literature and film studies to anthropology and social work. yet Lacan's major text, Ecrits, continues to perplex and even baffle its readers. In Reading Lacan, Jane Gallop offers a novel approach to Lacan's work based on his own theories of language. Lacan locates truth in the letter rather than in the spirit-in the ways statements are expressed rather than in their intended meaning. Gallop here grapples with six of Lacan's essays from Ecrits: "The Seminar on 'The Purloined Letter,' " "The Mirror Stage," "The Freudian Thing,'' "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious,'' "The Signification of the Phallus," and "The Subversion of the Subject." While other commentators have chosen not to confront Lacan's notoriously problematic style in their discussions of his ideas, Gallop addresses herself directly to the problem and the practice of reading Lacan. She takes her direction from Lacan's view of subjectivity and offers a deeply personal, feminist reading of Ecrits. Concentrating on the relation of desire and interpretation, she opens up the rich implications of Lacan's thought, for psychoanalytic theory, for the act of reading, and for knowledge itself. Forceful and revealing, yet utterly candid about its own areas of uncertainty, Gallop's book will be indispensable to readers of Lacan and to scholars and students who have felt his impact.

Psychoanalysis and Gender Book

Psychoanalysis and Gender


  • Author : Rosalind Minsky
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-04-23
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134680269

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Psychoanalysis and Gender Excerpt :

What is object-relations theory and what does it have to do with literary studies? How can Freud's phallocentric theories be applied by feminist critics? In Psychoanalysis and Gender: An Introductory Reader Rosalind Minsky answers these questions and more, offering students a clear, straightforward overview without ever losing them in jargon. In the first section Minsky outlines the fundamentals of the theory, introducing the key thinkers and providing clear commentary. In the second section, the theory is demonstrated by an anthology of seminal essays which includes: * Feminity by Sigmund Freud * Envy and Gratitude by Melanie Klein * An extract from Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena by Donald Winnicot * The Meaning of the Phallus by Jacques Lacan * An extract from Women's Time by Julia Kristeva * An extract from Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray

Way of Love Book

Way of Love


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2004-07-22
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826473271

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Way of Love Excerpt :

The Way of Love asks the question: How can we love each other? Here Luce Irigaray, one of the world's foremost philosophers, presents an extraordinary exploration of desire and the human heart. If Western philosophy has claimed to be a love of wisdom, it has forgotten to become a wisdom of love. We still lack words, gestures, ways of doing or thinking to approach one another as humans, to enter into dialogue, to build a world where we can live together.

Irigaray Book

Irigaray


  • Author : Rachel Jones
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2013-05-03
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9780745637815

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Irigaray Excerpt :

The work of French Philosopher Luce Irigaray has exerted a profound influence on feminist thinking of recent decades and provides a far-reaching challenge to western philosophy's entrenched patriarchal norms. This book guides the reader through Irigaray's critical and creative transformation of western thought. Through detailed analysis of her most important text, Speculum of the Other Woman, Rachel Jones carefully examines Irigaray's transformative readings of such icons of the western tradition as Plato, Descartes, Kant and Hegel. She shows that these readings underpin Irigaray's claim that western philosophy has been dependent on the forgetting of both sexual difference and of our singular beginnings in birth. In response, Irigaray seeks to recover a positive account of sexual difference which would release woman from her traditional position as the 'other' of the subject and allow her to speak as a subject in her own right. In a sensitive reading of Irigaray's work, Jones shows why this distinctively feminist project necessarily involves the transformation of the fundamental terms of western metaphysics. By foregrounding Irigaray's approach to questions of otherness and alterity, she concludes that, for Irigaray, cultivating an ethics of sexuate difference is the condition of ethical relations in general. Lucidly and persuasively written, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars seeking to understand Irigaray's original contribution to philosophical and feminist thought.

In the Beginning  She Was Book

In the Beginning She Was


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2012-12-27
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441106377

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In the Beginning She Was Excerpt :

A brilliant new work by Luce Irigaray, one of the greatest living French thinkers, in which she deepens her arguments in relation to sexuate difference.

Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture Book

Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture


  • Author : Elizabeth D. Harvey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2004-08-02
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 12
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134358434

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Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture Excerpt :

The essays in this groundbreaking collection stage conversations between the thought of the controversial feminist philosopher, linguist and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray and premodern writers, ranging from Empedocles and Homer, to Shakespeare, Spenser and Donne. They explore both the pre-Enlightenment roots of Luce Irigaray's thought, and the impact that her writings have had on our understanding of ancient, medieval and Renaissance culture. Luce Irigaray has been a major figure in Anglo-American literary theory, philosophy and gender studies ever since her germinal works, Speculum of the Other Woman and This Sex Which Is Not One, were published in English translation in 1985. This collection is the first sustained examination of Irigaray's crucial relationship to premodern discourses underpinning Western culture, and of the transformative effect she has had on scholars working in pre-Enlightenment periods. Like Irigaray herself, the essays work at the intersections of gender, theory, historicism and language. This collection offers powerful ways of understanding premodern texts through Irigaray's theories that allow us to imagine our past and present relationship to economics, science, psychoanalysis, gender, ethics and social communities in new ways.

An Ethics of Sexual Difference Book

An Ethics of Sexual Difference


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2005-02-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 0826477127

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An Ethics of Sexual Difference Excerpt :

Luce Irigaray (1932-) is the foremost thinker on sexual difference of our times. In An Ethics of Sexual Difference Irigaray speaks out against many feminists by pursuing questions of sexual difference, arguing that all thought and language is gendered and that there can therefore be no neutral thought. Examining major philosophers, such as Plato, Spinoza and Levinas, with a series of meditations on the female experience, she advocates new philosophies through which women can develop a distinctly female space and a "love of self". It is an essential feminist text and a major contribution to our thinking about language.

Thinking the Difference Book

Thinking the Difference


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2001-01-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : 0485114267

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Thinking the Difference Excerpt :

'a good introduction to Irigaray's oeuvre' The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural TheoryDiscusses how language, religion, law, art, science and technology have failed women and how concrete changes can be made to ensure that 'our' culture belongs to both men and women.

Sexes and Genealogies Book

Sexes and Genealogies


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 0231070330

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Sexes and Genealogies Excerpt :

In the tradition of Simone de Beauvoir and Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray is one of France's most versatile feminist critics. Sexes and Genealogies, a collection of lectures delivered throughout Canada and Europe, introduces her writing to a wider American audience. Irigaray's most famous work, Speculum of the Other Woman, prompted her expulsion from the Lacanin Ecole Freudienne because of its searing depiction of Platonic and Freudian representations of women. Now Sexes and Genealogies analyzes sexual difference according to what she terms the double dimension of gender and ideology. Irigaray covers major issues in religion, the law, psychoanalysis, and literature, such as: the continued neglect by psychoanalysts of the sexual and gender dimensions of therapy, the urgency of female divinity for contemporary feminist movements, and a reconsideration of women's relation to the market economy. Sexes and Genealogies also includes Irigaray's dazzling reading of the Oresteia, "Body Against Body: In Relation to the Mother," now acknowleged as a feminist classic.

Between East and West Book

Between East and West


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231119351

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Between East and West Excerpt :

Incorporating her personal experience with yoga into her provocative philosophical thinking on sexual difference, Irigaray proposes a new way of understanding individuation and community in the contemporary world, and an ethic of sexual difference predicated on a respect for life, nature, and the feminine.

To Be Two Book

To Be Two


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-09-25
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351538985

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To Be Two Excerpt :

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Through Vegetal Being Book

Through Vegetal Being


  • Author : Luce Irigaray
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-07-05
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231541510

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Through Vegetal Being Excerpt :

Blossoming from a correspondence between Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder, Through Vegetal Being is an intense personal, philosophical, and political meditation on the significance of the vegetal for our lives, our ways of thinking, and our relations with human and nonhuman beings. The vegetal world has the potential to rescue our planet and our species and offers us a way to abandon past metaphysics without falling into nihilism. Luce Irigaray has argued in her philosophical work that living and coexisting are deficient unless we recognize sexuate difference as a crucial dimension of our existence. Michael Marder believes the same is true for vegetal difference. Irigaray and Marder consider how plants contribute to human development by sustaining our breathing, nourishing our senses, and keeping our bodies and minds alive. They note the importance of returning to ancient Greek tradition and engaging with Eastern teachings to revive a culture closer to nature. As a result, we can reestablish roots when we are displaced and recover the vital energy we need to improve our sensibility and relation to others. This generative discussion points toward a more universal way of becoming human that is embedded in the vegetal world.

French Feminism Reader Book

French Feminism Reader


  • Author : Kelly Oliver
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release Date : 2000-05-10
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780742580817

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French Feminism Reader Excerpt :

French Feminism Reader is a collection of essays representing the authors and issues from French theory most influential in the American context. The book is designed for use in courses, and it includes illuminating introductions to the work of each author. These introductions include biographical information, influences and intellectual context, major themes in the author's work as a whole, and specific introductions to the selections in this volume. The contributors represent the two trends in French theory that have proven most useful to American feminists: social theory and psychoanalytic theory. Both of these trends move away from any traditional discussions of nature toward discussions of socially constructed notions of sex, sexuality and gender roles. While feminists interested in social theory focus on the ways in which social institutions shape these notions, feminists interested in psychoanalytic theory focus on cultural representations of sex, sexuality and gender roles, and the ways that they affect the psyche. This collection includes selections by Simone de Beauvoir, Christine Delphy, Colette Guilluamin, Monique Wittig, Michele Le Doeuff, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, and Helene Cixous.