Resentment and the

Resentment and the "Feminine" in Nietzche's Politico-Aesthetics

by Caroline Joan S. Picart
     
 

Nietzsche's remarks about women and femininity have generated a great deal of debate among philosophers, some seeing them as ineradicably misogynist, others interpreting them more favorably as ironic and potentially useful for modern feminism. In this study, Kay Picart uses a genealogical approach to track the way Nietzsche's initial use of "feminine"

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Overview

Nietzsche's remarks about women and femininity have generated a great deal of debate among philosophers, some seeing them as ineradicably misogynist, others interpreting them more favorably as ironic and potentially useful for modern feminism. In this study, Kay Picart uses a genealogical approach to track the way Nietzsche's initial use of "feminine" mythological figures as symbols for modernity's regenerative powers gradually gives way to an increasingly misogynistic politics, resulting in the silencing and emasculation of his earlier configurations of the "feminine."

While other scholars have focused on classifying the degree of offensiveness of Nietzsche's ambivalent and developing misogyny, Picart examines what this misogyny means for his political philosophy as a whole. Picart successfully shows how Nietzsche's increasingly derogatory treatment of the "feminine" in his post-Zarathustran works is closely tied to his growing resentment over his inability to revive a decadent modernity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271018898
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Caroline (Kay) Picart is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She is the author of Eroticism, Death, Music, and Laughter in Mann and Nietzsche (forthcoming) and The Rebirths of Frankenstein (forthcoming).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Problem of the "Feminine" in Nietzsche1
1Genealogies of the "Feminine" and "Woman"15
2The Pre-Zarathustran Phase: Exca/Elevating the Mother39
3The Zarathustran Phase: The Phallic Mother81
4The Post-Zarathustran Phase: Emasculate Conception111
5Looking Back, Looking Forward147
Bibliography181
Index187

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