Sexing the Self: Gendered Positions in Cultural Studies

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In Sexing the Self, Elspeth Probyn examines the tendency among cultural theorists to turn to their own life experience when describing the personal. Probyn identifies this evacuation of ``experience'' as a critical term in cultural studies, and argues for a move beyond the accepted mode of representation, in which no one can speak for another. She also tackles the issue of one's sexual self, a question of vital importance to feminists, yet one which has been neglected by feminist theory. Probyn further suggests that there are ways of using the idea of a gendered self to theorize about our non-essential but embodied selves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415073554
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/10/1993
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: speaking the self and other feminist subjects 1
1 A problematic: speaking the self 7
2 Problematic selves: the irony of the feminine 32
3 Moving selves and stationary others: ethnography's ontological dilemma 58
4 Materializing locations: images and selves 82
5 Technologizing the self: Foucault and 'le souci du soi' 108
6 'Without her I'm nothing: feminisms with attitude 138
Conclusion: sexing the self 165
Bibliography 174
Index 187
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