In this brief and powerful book, Diana Fuss takes on the debate of pure essence versus social construct, engaging with the work of Luce Irigaray and Monique Wittig, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Houston Baker, and with the politics of gay identity.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The “Risk” of Essence; Chapter 2 Reading Like a Feminist; Chapter 3 Monique Wittig's Anti-essentialist Materialism; Chapter 4 Luce Irigaray's Language of Essence; Chapter 5 “Race” Under Erasure? Poststructuralist Afro-American Literary Theory; Chapter 6 Lesbian and Gay Theory: The Question of Identity Politics; Chapter 7 Essentialism in the Classroom;
". . . a sinuously argued and carefully measured study of the work of feminist, gay, and Afro-American critics." -- Gillian Beer, Women: A Cultural Review