Continental Feminism Reader / Edition 1

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In an era of backlash and supposed stagnation, feminist philosophers are still providing fresh and challenging perspectives—you just have to know where to look. Continental feminist theory continues to address pressing questions of equality and difference, identity and subjectivity. Modern thinkers like Judith Butler, Kelly Oliver, and Drucilla Cornell give strikingly new perspectives on sex, gender, sexual politics, and the various social reasons for gender inequality. Yet their theories are not always well received. Continental Feminism Reader responds to the marginalization of these thinkers and others like them. In this volume, Ann J. Cahill and Jennifer Hansen collect the most groundbreaking recent work in Continental Feminist Theory, introducing and explaining pieces that are often mystifying to those outside the field and outside academia. With these essays, Continental Feminism Reader begins the process of reanimating feminist politics through the critical tools of its contributors.

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Editorial Reviews

Altar Magazine
Incredibly fascinating and insightful.
Tina Chanter
This important collection brings together key writings by major feminist theorists of our time. It is a valuable tool for acquainting students with the dominant theoretical approaches to contemporary feminism.
Sara Ruddick
Cahill and Hansen have produced a useful reader that is also a pleasure to study. Their introductory remarks are extensive, clear, and original, inviting even a skeptic of the analytic/continental divide to rethink and learn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742523098
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann J. Cahill is assistant professor of philosophy at Elon University. Jennifer Hansen is assistant professor of philosophy at Gettysburg College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Judith Butler: Introduction: The Politics of Sexual Identity 23
Gender Trouble 29
Rosi Braidotti: Introduction: Nomadic Subjectivity 57
Sexual Difference As a Nomadic Political Project 62
Teresa Brennan: Introduction: Detours and Delays 89
Social Pressure 96
Essence against Identity 124
Kelly Oliver: Introduction: Abjected Maternal Love and Paternal Pathology 137
The Morality of American Manhood, Responsibility, and Virility 144
What Is Transformative about the Performative? From Repetition to Working-Through 168
Drucilla Cornell: Introduction: Equivalent Rights 191
Living Together: Psychic Space and the Demand for Sexual Equality 196
Teresa de Lauretis: Introduction: Women Writing Passionate Fictions of Woman 221
Through the Looking Glass: Women, Cinema, and Language 228
Moira Gatens: Introduction: Imaginary Bodies and Real Difference 253
Power, Bodies, and Difference 258
Toward a Feminist Philosophy of the Body 275
Elizabeth Frosh: Introduction: The Promise of the Unruly Body 287
Sexed Bodies 292
Index 323
About the Editors 327
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