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Feminist International Relations

'Exquisite Corpse', 1st Edition

By Marysia Zalewski


192 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This book offers a contemporary intervention in the field of feminism/international relations. Partly inspired by Surrealism, the book is written in a series of vignettes and draws on a variety of approaches inviting readers in to inhabit the text. It is a politically engaged book, though one which does not direct readers in conventional ways, visiting global politics, the classroom, poetry, institutional violence, cartoons, feminist violence, films, violent white men, angry black women, blood and ‘English’ puddings. Working imaginatively with epistemology and methodology, and embedding theory throughout the text, the book can be considered part of the current genre of scholarship which attends to complexity, uncertainty, disruption, affect and the creative possibilities of randomness.

Feminist International Relations: Exquisite Corpse will be of interest to students and scholars of International Politics, Gender and Feminist Studies, International Studies, Political Theory, Globalization Studies and further afield.


"This is a brilliant book. It is important, evocative, disturbing, fascinating and engaging. It ranges widely over the disciplines and draws on literary and media approaches to excellent effect, while always in conversation with feminism/IR… It will be among the most quoted, contested and influential of feminist and IR books, and be read well beyond those boundaries." - Jan Jindy Pettman, Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Australia.

Table of Contents

1. Prelude 2. Exquisite Corpse 3. An Ordinary Man 4. Betraying Boundaries 5. Stepping through the dark 6. Taking a Detour 7. The measure of violence 8. Avaricious Institutions 9. How the Answers Got Their Questions 10. The trail of blood 11. Answers and Questions (Why does Freud giggle when the women leave the room?) 12. The feminist body arrives 13. Intimate permissions 14. And feminism is … 15. And feminism is … 16. And feminism is … 17. Making Feminism Palatable 18. Theory 19. Crossing disciplines 20. Transformation 21. The morning after 22. Feminism’s Time 23. Do you like women? 24. Sick and mad 25. The dead body 26. I am 27. Knowing gender 28. Looking Awry 29. What would Valerie Solanos think? 30. Violence 31. Going through the day 32. Securing men 33. IR without men 34. Rape 35. The code 36. Where is rape? 37. Why can’t a woman be more like a man? 38. An Ordinary Man 39. Woman’s place 40. When foreign policy makers and feminist academics meet 41. Two women 42. The hours 43. Acceptably Black 44. Invisible Whiteness 45. White 46. Taking time to care 47. Exquisite Corpse

About the Author

Marysia Zalewski is Professor and Head of School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General