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Luce Irigaray's Phenomenology of Feminine Being

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A dynamic interpretation of feminine identity capable of resistance, change, and transformation.

The reception of Luce Irigaray’s ideas about feminine identity has centered largely on questions of essentialism, whether criticizing this as a destructive flaw or interpreting it in strategic or pragmatic terms. Staking out an alternative approach, Virpi Lehtinen finds in the phenomenology of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty a framework for what she characterizes as dynamic essentialism, ...

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Luce Irigaray's Phenomenology of Feminine Being

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Overview

A dynamic interpretation of feminine identity capable of resistance, change, and transformation.

The reception of Luce Irigaray’s ideas about feminine identity has centered largely on questions of essentialism, whether criticizing this as a destructive flaw or interpreting it in strategic or pragmatic terms. Staking out an alternative approach, Virpi Lehtinen finds in the phenomenology of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty a framework for what she characterizes as dynamic essentialism, which seeks to account for the complex networks of lived experience: embodied, affective, and spiritual relations to oneself, to others, and to the world. Rather than prescribing one norm to which all women should conform, Lehtinen argues, Irigaray’s work exemplifies how each individual woman in her own way contributes to a norm of femininity that is both unique and singular but also connected to the existential styles of past, present, and future others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438451275
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2014
  • Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Virpi Lehtinen is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture, and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction

Part I. Body

1. Feminine Existential Style: An Operative Concept

2. The Philosophical Discourse and Canon, and Femininity

3. Irigaray’s Activity of Productive Mimesis: Opening of the Possibility of Original Feminine Expressivity

4. Phenomenology of the Body: the Methodological and Conceptual Framework for Irigaray’s Investigations of Lived Embodiment and Expressivity

5. The Feminine Lived Body

Conclusions to Part I

Part II. Desire

6. Irigaray’s Account of the Beloved Woman as a “Man’s Woman”

7. Opening up the Possibility of Woman’s Self-Love and Love among Women

8. Male Phenomenologists’ Promise of the Uniqueness of Woman in Carnal Love

9. The Continuum of Caressing Gestures in Accordance with the Holistic Conception of Sexuality

10. The Philosophical Discourses of Carnal Love: Obstacles and Openings for the Becoming of a Woman Lover

11. The Male Lover, the Feminine Beloved One: A Specific Way of Understanding (Carnal) Love

12. Irigaray Writing, Speaking, and Acting as a Woman Lover

Conclusions to Part II

Part III. Wisdom

13. Original Aspects of Woman in Philosophy: Intermediating between Materiality and Spirituality, Nature and Gods

14. Irigaray as a Midwife for Diotima’s Daimonic Philosophy of Eros

15. Writing: An Intervention into the Neutrality and Absoluteness of the Subject and a Model of Sensible Ideality

Conclusions to Part III

Conclusions

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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