Luce Irigaray is one of the leading French feminist philosophers and psychoanalysts. Her work is concerned primarily with the construction of femininity and sexual differences in Western philosophy and with the exploration of new psychoanalytical and feminist perspectives on sexual differences. She has written a number of influential books, notably Speculum of the Other Woman and This Sex Which Is Not One, both translated into English. The Irigaray Reader is a collection of Luce Irigaray's most important papers to date. They range across feminism, philosophy, psychoanalysis and linguistics, and are grouped here into three broad sections: The Critique of Patriarchy, Psychoanalysis and Language, and Ethics and Subjectivity. Each section begins with an introduction by Margaret Whitford, and the book also includes bibliographies of works by and about Irigaray. A number of pieces in The Irigaray Reader appear for the first time in English. This is the most comprehensive collection available of Irigaray's work, work which has profoundly influenced contemporary debates across a range of disciplines.
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Section I: The critique of Patriarchy.
Introduction to Section I.
1. Equal or different.
2. The bodily encounter wit the mother.
3. Women-mothers, the silent substratum of the social order.
4. Volume without contours..
Section II: Psychoanalysis and language.
Introduction to section II.
5. The poverty of psychoanalysis.
6. the limit of the transference.
7. The power of discourse and the subordination of the feminine.
9. The three genres..
Section III: Ethics and subjectivity: towards the future.
Introduction to Section III.
10. Sexual difference.
11. Questions to Emmanuel Levinas.
12. Women-amongst-themselves: creating a woman-woman sociality.
13. The necessity for sexuate rights.
14. How to define sexuate rights?.
15. He risks who risks life itself.