Feminism and Postmodernism (Boundary Two)

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This collection of essays explores the significant agreements and tensions between contemporary feminist and postmodern theories and practices. Having brought enormous changes to conceptions of the body, identity, and the media, postmodernity compels the rethinking of many feminist categories, including female experience, the self, and the notion that "the personal is political." Feminist analysis has been equally important, though not always equally acknowledged, as a force within postmodernism. Feminist ...

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Overview

This collection of essays explores the significant agreements and tensions between contemporary feminist and postmodern theories and practices. Having brought enormous changes to conceptions of the body, identity, and the media, postmodernity compels the rethinking of many feminist categories, including female experience, the self, and the notion that "the personal is political." Feminist analysis has been equally important, though not always equally acknowledged, as a force within postmodernism. Feminist writings on subjectivity, master narratives, and the socioeconomic underpinnings of the master narrative of theory itself have been particularly influential. This volume traces the crossings and mutual interrogations of these two traditions into the arenas of cultural production, legal discourse, and philosophical thought.
Multidisciplinary and international in their collective focus, the essays range from a study of Madonna as an Italian American woman who is revising the cultural meanings of an ethnic feminism to a unique interview with Mairead Keane, the national head of the Women’s Department of the Irish political party Sinn Fein. Turning the prism of postmodern feminism onto such diverse cultural objects as literary and literary critical texts, contemporary film, and music, these essays intervene in debates regarding technology, sexuality, and politics. Challenging modern feminisms to articulate their inescapable relation to postmodern society, this expanded edition of a special issue of boundary 2 also explores ways in which feminism can work as the cutting edge of a global postmodernism.

Contributors. Salwa Bakr, Claire Detels, Margaret Ferguson, Carla Freccero, Marjorie Garber, Barbara Harlow, Laura E. Lyons, Anne McClintock, Toril Moi, Linda Nicholson, Mary Poovey, Andrew Ross, David Simpson, Kathyrn Bond Stockton, Jennifer Wicke

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  • ISBN-13: 9780822314608
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/1994
  • Series: Boundary Two
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Ferguson is Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jennifer Wicke is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Feminism and Postmodernism; or, The Way We Live Now 1
Postmodern Identities and the Politics of the (Legal) Subject 10
Feminism and Postmodernism - Another View 34
Feminisms and Feminizations in the Postmodern 53
Feminism and the Politics of Postmodernism 69
Ambiguity and Alienation in The Second Sex 86
Screwing the System: Sexwork, Race, and the Law 103
Bodies and God: Poststructuralist Feminists Return to the Fold of Spiritual Materialism 129
"In the Golden Chariot Things Will Be Better" 166
Our Lady of MTV: Madonna's "Like a Prayer" 179
Soft Boundaries and Relatedness: Paradigm for a Postmodern Feminist Musical Aesthetics 200
Wet, Dark, and Low, Eco-Man Evolves from Eco-Woman 221
"Greatness": Philology and the Politics of Mimesis 249
"At the End of the Day": An Interview with Mairead Keane, National Head of Sinn Fein Women's Department 276
Index 303
Contributors 311
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