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Essentially Speaking
Feminism, Nature and Difference

ISBN 9780415901338
Published December 13, 1989 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

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;

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". . . a sinuously argued and carefully measured study of the work of feminist, gay, and Afro-American critics." -- Gillian Beer, Women: A Cultural Review