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1st Edition

Feminine/Masculine and Representation

ISBN 9780046100186
Published February 1, 1990 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Feminine/Masculine and Representation provides a much needed introduction to a number of challenging issues raised in debates within gender studies, critical theory and cultural studies. In analysing cultural processes using a range of different methods, the essays in this collection focus on gender/sexuality, representation and cultural politics across a variety of media.

Table of Contents




1. Introduction

2. The problematic of 'the feminine' in contemporary French philosophy: Foucault and Irigaray

3. Modernity, rationality and 'the masculine'

4. Inscriptions and body-maps: representations and the corporeal

5. The discursive construction of Christ's body in the later Middle Ages: resistance and autonomy

6. 'The feminine' as a semiotic construct: Zola's Une Page d'Amour

7. Deconstructions of masculinity and femininity in the films of Marguerite Duras

8. Cross-dressing in fiction: literary history and the cultural construction of sexuality

9. Homosexualities: fiction, reading and moral training

10. Soap opera as gender training: teenage girls and TV

11. Gender, class and power: text, process and production in Strindberg's Miss Julie

12. Scientific constructions, cultural productions: scientific narratives of sexual attraction

13 The privileging of representation and the marginalising of the interpersonal: a metaphor (and more) for contemporary gender relations


A. Extra illustrating material for chapter 5

B. French-English passages from Zola's Une Page d'Amour illustrating chapter 6

C. Strindberg's Miss Julie: supporting material for chapter 11




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TERRY THREADGOLD, Associate Professor of English at the University of Sydney, is the author of Feminist Poetics (forthcoming). ANNE CRANNY-FRANCIS teaches cultural studies and critical theory at the University of Wollongong and is the author of Feminist Fiction.