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Figures of Resistance: Essays in Feminist Theory
     

Figures of Resistance: Essays in Feminist Theory

by Teresa de Lauretis
 

ISBN-10: 0252074394

ISBN-13: 9780252074394

Pub. Date: 05/01/2007

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Figures of Resistance brings together crucial essays and unpublished lectures of internationally renowned theorist Teresa de Lauretis, spanning twenty years of her finest work. De Lauretis's rigorous thought and elegant writing interrogate how cinema, literature, and psychoanalytic theory construct and deconstruct gender, sexuality, and ways of knowing. This

Overview

Figures of Resistance brings together crucial essays and unpublished lectures of internationally renowned theorist Teresa de Lauretis, spanning twenty years of her finest work. De Lauretis's rigorous thought and elegant writing interrogate how cinema, literature, and psychoanalytic theory construct and deconstruct gender, sexuality, and ways of knowing. This collection invites us to reflect on the history of feminist theory and its power to envision anew issues of representation, reading, and epistemology. Essays include "Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation," "The Lure of the Mannish Lesbian," "Eccentric Subjects," "Habit Changes," "The Intractability of Desire," and the unpublished title essay "Figures of Resistance." An introduction by feminist film scholar Patricia White provides an overview of the development and essential contribution of de Lauretis's thought.

About the Author:
Teresa de Lauretis, professor of the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252074394
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Thinking Feminist   Patricia White     1
Representations
Rethinking Women's Cinema     25
Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation     48
When Lesbians Were Not Women     72
Readings
The Lure of the Mannish Lesbian     85
Letter to an Unknown Woman     160
Public and Private Fantasies in David Cronenberg's M. Butterfly     118
Epistemologies
Eccentric Subjects     151
Upping the Anti [sic] in Feminist Theory     183
Habit Changes     199
The Intractability of Desire     217
Figures of Resistance     235
Notes     261
Name and Title Index     303

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