"Philosophy and the Maternal Body" is a fascinating exploration of an overlooked aspect of feminist thought: what is the role of maternity in philosophy and in what ways has it been used by male theorists to effectively "silence" the voices of women in philosophy? Drawing on rich examples such as Plato's allegory of the cave, Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein's writing on the mother and the mother-daughter relationship, and the psychoanalytic and feminist insights of Irigaray and Kristeva, Michelle Boulous Walker clearly shows how terms such as denial, repression and foreclosure offer crucial insight into the philosophical construction of the maternal body.
"Philosophy and the Maternal Body" is both timely and unique. It joins debates over maternity in philosophy with post-structuralism and post-Marxism in new and fascinating ways. It also brings together a compelling discussion of Freud and Marx. This is an invaluable "contribution and promises to change the course of feminist analysis in philosophy."
-Kelly Oliver, University of Texas at Austin