1st Edition

Feminism and Deconstruction

By Diane Elam Copyright 1994
    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    by Routledge

    At last - an intelligent and accessible introduction to the relationship between feminism and deconstruction.
    In this incisive and illuminating book, Diane Elam unravels:
    * the contemporary relevance of feminism and deconstruction
    * how we can still understand and talk about the materiality of women's bodies
    * whether gender can be distinguished from sex
    * the place of ethics and political action in the light of postmodernist theory.
    Clearly and brilliantly written, Feminism and Deconstruction is essential reading for anyone who needs a no-nonsense but stimulating guide through one of the mazes of contemporary theory.

    1. Unnecessary Introductions: Introductions, Definitions, Theories, Movements, Philosophies, Cross-Disciplines, And, Estrangement, Tool-Boxes and Pedagogics, The Abyss, Obligations 2. Questions of Women: Undetermined or Determined? Her-story or His-story? Gender or Sex? Linguistic or Material Girl? 3. Towards a Groundless Solidarity: Political Differences, Subject to Change: Identity Politics, To Be Negotiated: The Politics of the Undecidable 4. Institutional Interruptions: Institutions? Academic? Disciplines? Philosophy? Women's Studies? The Future of Disciplinarity? 5. Groundless Solidarity: Ethical Activism, Turning Away From Subjective Agency, Taking a Distance From Pragmatism, Approaching the Impossible Justice


    Diane Elam currently teaches in the department of English at Indiana University and McGill University. She is the author of 'Romancing the Postmodern' (Routledge 1992).

    'Awesome and lively introduction to key debates in contemporary feminist thought.' - Cathy Blackford, East London University

    'A lucid and precisely-written book which addresses issues crucial to current feminist theoretical debates ... Without being reductive or oversimplifying (Elam) is able to make the interconnections between a series of complex thinkers clear to the reader.' - Elsie B.Michie, Louisiana State University