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An attempt to explore the idea that there are historical sedimentations of people into gendered categories, including the asymmetrical distances of both "women" and "men" from changing ideas of the human; the increasing saturation, from the late seventeenth century, of women with their sex; and the nineteenth century elisions between "the social" and "women". It is argued that feminism cannot but play out the inescapable indeterminacy of "women" whether consciously or not, and that this is made plain in its oscillations, since the 1790s, between concepts of equality and of difference. The author maintains that a full recognition of the ambiguity of the category of "women" is not a semantic doubt, but a condition for an effective feminist political philosophy.
'A classic of feminist intellectual history. Am I That Name? is a sort of Anglo-American end of innocence for anyone who tries to speak of 'women.' Riley makes the word run, since she cannot make it stand still. She offers a history of how feminism has faced its paradoxical core.' - Voice Literary Supplement
Essential reading for philosophers, historians, and feminist theorists.' - History Review of Books
Series: Language, Discourse, Society
Number Of Pages: 126
Published: 28th October 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79 x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2