The Signifying Body: Toward an Ethics of Sexual and Racial Difference

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Applies the ideas of Heidegger, Irigaray, and Fanon to literature and film.
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The Signifying Body is actually a deceptively thin book, which belies the dense theoretical work taking place in its 150 pages.— JAC

"The topic of this book is significant and important. First, there needs to be more work that explores the intersection of race and gender in continental philosophy, and this book is a valuable example of such work. Second, the author bridges the gap between studies of Fanon and discussions of gender and sexual identity in continental philosophy. She also brings together Fanon, Heidegger, and Irigaray in a manner that pushes the scholarship on all three figures. Finally, the author's attempt to theorize the ethical encounter of the racial, sexual, and gendered Other is intriguing and should help to further the debate on that issue."— Ronald Sundstrom, University of San Francisco"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791474440
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Penelope Ingram is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Making Metaphysics Matter

1. Representing Difference

2. Mocking the Mirror

3. The Call to Ethics

4. Embodying Transcendence

5. Reading the Signifying Body

Conclusion: Language and Ethics: Signifying the Work of Art

Works Cited

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