What is essentialism? What is anti-essentialism? The Essential Difference attempts to answer questions at the heart of current feminist theory and cultural study. The book deals with origins and contexts of the debate; relationships between essentialism, anti-essentialism, and the power of language; reasons for the demonization of essentialism within the academy; the relationship between essentialism and Third World studies.
The essays also speculate about whether there can be an anti-essentialist feminism, whether there can in fact be a feminist politics that dispenses with the notion of Woman. This long-awaited volume questions the bases of feminism itself.
The contributors are Teresa de Lauretis, Diana Fuss, Elizabeth Grosz, Luce Irigaray, Leslie Wahl Rabine, Ellen Rooney, Robert Scholes, Naomi Schor, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.
" ... recommend it to anyone who is interested in questions of the body, subjectivity and sexual difference." - Women's Philosophy
|The Essence of the Triangle or, Taking the Risk of Essentialism Seriously: Feminist Theory in Italy, the U.S., and Britain||p. 1|
|This Essentialism Which Is Not One: Coming to Grips with Irigaray||p. 40|
|Equal to Whom?||p. 63|
|Sexual Difference and the Problem of Essentialism||p. 82|
|Reading like a Feminist||p. 98|
|Eperon Strings||p. 116|
|Essentialism and Its Contexts: Saint-Simonian and Poststructuralist Feminists||p. 130|
|In a Word: Interview with Ellen Rooney||p. 151|
|Notes on Contributors||p. 185|
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Series: Books from Differences
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 22nd December 1994
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.7 x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.37