Feminism, Foucault, and Embodied Subjectivity

Author: Margaret A. McLaren

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791455135

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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Addressing central questions in the debate about Foucault's usefulness for politics, including his rejection of universal norms, his conception of power and power-knowledge, his seemingly contradictory position on subjectivity and his resistance to using identity as a political category, McLaren argues that Foucault employs a conception of embodied subjectivity that is well-suited for feminism. She applies Foucault's notion of practices of the self to contemporary feminist practices, such as consciousness-raising and autobiography, and concludes that the connection between self-transformation and social transformation that Foucault theorizes as the connection between subjectivity and institutional and social norms is crucial for contemporary feminist theory and politics.

Doubting sex

Author: Geertje Mak

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847794696

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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An adolescent girl is mocked when she takes a bath with her peers, because her genitals look like those of a boy. A couple visits a doctor asking to ‘create more space’ in the woman for intercourse. A doctor finds testicular tissue in a woman with appendicitis, and decides to keep his findings quiet. These are just a few of the three hundred European case histories of people whose sex was doubted during the long nineteenth century that Geertje Mak draws upon in her remarkable new book. How did people deal with such situations? How did they decide to which sex a person should belong? This groundbreaking analysis of clinical case histories shows how sex changed from an outward appearance inscribed in a social body to something to be found deep inside body and self. A fascinating, easy to follow, yet sophisticated argument addressing major issues of the history of body, sex, and self, this volume will fit advanced undergraduate courses, while challenging specialists.

Ereignis auf Französisch

Author: Marc Rölli

Publisher: Wilhelm Fink Verlag

ISBN: 9783770539390

Category: Aufsatzsammlung

Page: 464

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Ereignis auf Französisch bringt ein Stück Klarheit in das Dunkel der Vorstellungen, die gegenwärtig um das "Ereignis" kreisen. Der 11. September hat erneut gezeigt: Es gibt eine Unkalkulierbarkeit sowohl des Ereignisses selbst wie auch der von ihm ausgelösten Folgen. Hierzu ist es hilfreich, die Philosophinnen und Philosophen zu Wort kommen zu lassen, die mit kaltem Verstand und sehenden Auges deren empirische Einmaligkeit und strukturelle Wiederkehr durchdacht haben. Erstmals werden die französischen Philosophien unter dem Gesichtspunkt des Ereignisses diskutiert, obwohl sie es waren, die überhaupt Ereignistheorien im großen Maßstab entwickelt haben. Der Band versammelt im ersten Teil Beiträge, die auf die deutschsprachige Vorgeschichte der französischen "Ereignisphilosophie" Bezug nehmen. Neben Nietzsche und Husserl steht Heidegger zur Diskussion. Heidegger hat das "Ereignis" zum Schlüsselbegriff seines Denkens gemacht und damit die entscheidende Vorlage für die - zumeist kritischen - Anknüpfungen in Frankreich geliefert. Im zweiten Teil werden Text für Text ausgewählte Positionen der französischen Philosophie zum Ereignis vorgestellt: Bergson, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Lacan, Levinas, Ricœur, Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard, Richir, Henry, Badiou. Der dritte Teil enthält dann eine ausführliche Erörterung bestimmter Facetten der Philosophie von Gilles Deleuze, der sich besonders intensiv mit der Problematik des Ereignisses auseinandergesetzt hat.

Hosting the Monster

Author: Holly Lynn Baumgartner,Roger Davis

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042024860

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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Hosting the Monster responds to the call of the monstrous with, not rejection, but invitation. Positing the monster as that which defies classification, the essays in this collection are an ongoing engagement with that which lies outside of established boundaries. With chapters ranging from the monstrous mother or the deformed child to subjectivity in transition, this volume is not only of interest to film and gender scholars and literary and cultural theorists but also students of popular culture or horror. Its wide appeal stems from its invitation both to entertain the monster and to widen the call to and the listening for the monsters that have not yet, and perhaps must not yet, come calling back. This sense of hospitality and non-hostility is one guiding principle of this collection, suggesting that the ability to survey and research the otherwise may reveal more about the subjectivity of the self through the wisdom of the other, however monstrous the manifestation.

Bodies and Pleasures

Author: Ladelle McWhorter

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253213259

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Sexual identities are dangerous, Michel Foucault tells us. Here, Ladelle McWhorter reads Foucault from an original and personal angle and takes the reader beyond unexplored norms and imposed identities as she points the way toward a personal politics, ethics, and style that challenge our sexual selves. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Gender and Citizenship

Author: Claudia Moscovici

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847696956

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 131

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Moscovici proposes a new understanding of how gender relations were reformulated by both male and female writers in nineteenth-century France. She analyzes the different versions of gendered citizenship elaborated by Friedrich Hegel, George Sand, Honore de Balzac, Auguste Comte and Herculine Barbin revealing a shift from a single dialectical (or male-centered) definition of citizenship to a double dialectical (or bi-gendered) one in which each sex plays an important role in subject-citizenship and is defined as the negation of the other sex. Moscovici further argues that a double dialectical pattern of androgyny endows women with a (relational) cultural identity that secures their paradoxical roles as both representatives and outsiders to subject-citizenship in nineteenth-century French society and culture.

Between Genders

Author: Nathaniel Wing

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874138450

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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They share a preoccupation with experiences of gender and the vicissitudes of gender identities. Between Genders explores a pervasive yet frequently veiled crisis of authority throughout the century, regarding who or what institution might determine "correct" gender relations, and what these values might imply in aesthetic, ethical, and frequently political issues."--Jacket.

Crossing the Stage

Author: Lesley Ferris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134924534

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Crossing the Stage brings together for the first time essays which explore cross-dressing in theatre, cabaret, opera and dance. The volume contains seminal pieces which have become standard texts in the field, as well as new work especially commissioned from leading writers on performance. Crossing the Stage is an indispensable sourcebook on theatrical cross-dressing. It will be essential reading for all those interested in performance and the representation of gender.

Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex

Author: Alice Domurat DREGER,Alice Domurat Dreger

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674034333

Category: Medical

Page: 268

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Punctuated with remarkable case studies, this book explores extraordinary encounters between hermaphrodites--people born with ambiguous sexual anatomy--and the medical and scientific professionals who grappled with them. Alice Dreger focuses on events in France and Britain in the late nineteenth century, a moment of great tension for questions of sex roles. While feminists, homosexuals, and anthropological explorers openly questioned the natures and purposes of the two sexes, anatomical hermaphrodites suggested a deeper question: just how many human sexes are there? Ultimately hermaphrodites led doctors and scientists to another surprisingly difficult question: what is sex, really? Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex takes us inside the doctors' chambers to see how and why medical and scientific men constructed sex, gender, and sexuality as they did, and especially how the material conformation of hermaphroditic bodies--when combined with social exigencies--forced peculiar constructions. Throughout the book Dreger indicates how this history can help us to understand present-day conceptualizations of sex, gender, and sexuality. This leads to an epilogue, where the author discusses and questions the protocols employed today in the treatment of intersexuals (people born hermaphroditic). Given the history she has recounted, should these protocols be reconsidered and revised? A meticulously researched account of a fascinating problem in the history of medicine, this book will compel the attention of historians, physicians, medical ethicists, intersexuals themselves, and anyone interested in the meanings and foundations of sexual identity.

Queer Embodiment

Author: Hil Malatino

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 149622907X

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Merging critical theory, autobiography, and sexological archival research, Hil Malatino explores how and why intersexuality became an anomalous embodiment requiring correction and how contesting this pathologization can promote medical reform and human rights for intersex and trans people.