1st Edition

French Feminists

ISBN 9780415395526
Published December 13, 2007 by Routledge
1672 Pages

USD $325.00

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Book Description

Although at times criticized for its philosophical density, French cultural theory remains a flourishing, if highly contested, area of academic study. Four feminist thinkers in this tradition continue to be especially prominent: Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous, and Luce Irigaray. This new collection from Routledge gathers together the very best secondary literature on these thinkers to provide an indispensable conspectus of their works. Each of the four thinkers is represented by an individual volume, and each volume includes a newly written introduction to that thinker’s work and her philosophical relevance.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Simone De Beauvoir  Part 1: The Uneasy Alliance Between The Second Sex and the US Feminist Movement  Part 2: While We Wait for a Better English Translation of The Second Sex  Part 3: The Foundations of Sexual Difference  Part 4: Was De Beauvoir a Philosopher?  Part 5: Situating de Beauvoir’s Relationship to Phenomenology  Part 6: De Beauvoir’s Critique of Traditional Marriage  Volume 2: Helene Cixous  Part 7: Early Criticism  Part 8: Writing and Sexual Difference  Part 9: How to Read Hélène Cixous  Part 10: Autobiography and Exile  Part 11: Scopophilia and the Theatre  Part 12: Lesbianism  Volume 3: Luce Irigaray  Part 13: Early Criticism  Part 14: Revisiting Essentialism  Part 15: The Body, the Psyche, and Oriented Sexes  Part 16: Mimesis, Politics, and the Law  Part 17: Divine Possibilities  Volume 4: Julia Kristeva  Part 18: The US Construction of ‘French Feminism’  Part 19: The (Im)possibility of ‘Woman’ as Speaking Subject  Part 20: The Uses and Abuses of Julia Kristeva’s Work for Feminist Politics  Part 21: The Return of the Maternal Body in Philosophy  Part 22: Kristeva and the Polis

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