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Volatile Bodies : Toward a Corporeal Feminism - Elizabeth Grosz

Volatile Bodies

Toward a Corporeal Feminism

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Winner, Gleebooks Prize for Cultural and Literary Criticism, NSW Premier's Awards, 1995.. Volatile Bodies is based on a risky wager: that all the effects of subjectivitiy, psychological depth and interiority can be refigured in terms of bodies and surfaces. It uses, transforms and subverts the work of a number of distinguished male theorists of the body (Freud, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Schilder, Nietzsche, Foucault, Lingis and Deleuze) who, while freeing the body from its subordination to the mind, are nonetheless unable to accomodate the specificities of women's bodies... Volatile Bodies explores various dissonances in thinking the relation between mind and body. It investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms - psychosis, hypochondria, neurological disturbances, perversions and sexual deviation - and most particularly the enigmatic status of body fluids, and the female body.

Introduction and acknowledgments..Part I. Introduction..1 Refiguring bodies..Part II The inside out..2 Psychoanalysis and physical topographies..3 Body images: neurophysiology and corporeal mappings..4 Lived bodies: phenomenology and the flesh..Part III The outside in..5 Nietzsche and the choreography of knowledge..6 The body as inscriptive surface..7 Intensities and flows..Part IV Sexual difference..8 Sexed bodies..Notes..Bibliography..Index

ISBN: 9781741763348
ISBN-10: 1741763347
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st July 1994
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1