To Speak Is Never Neutral

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Feminist philosopher, linguist, and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray is renowned for her analyses of language, studies that can be precise and poetic at the same time. In this volume of her work on language, linguistics, and psychoanalysis, she is concerned with developing a

model that can reveal those unconscious or pre-conscious structures that determine speech. A key element of her method is the comparison of spoken and written language, through which she teases out the sexual and social configurations of speech.

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Irigaray (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris) analyzes the "sexed subject" of the language of science and psychoanalysis, and the "idiolect" or other logic of schizophrenics. Translated from the French by Schwab (French, Hofstra U., New York). Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415908139
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Luce Irigaray is a leading philosopher and feminist thinker, best known for Speculum of the Other Woman and This Sex Which Is Not One. More recently she has published I Love to You and To Be Two (both available from Routledge).

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Table of Contents

Ch. I Introduction 1
Ch. II Linguistic and Specular Communication 9
Ch. III Negation and Negative Transformations in the Language of Schizophrenics 25
Ch. IV Toward a Grammar of Enunciation for Hysterics and Obsessives 43
Ch. V On Phantasm and the Verb 55
Ch. VI Linguistic Structures of Kinship and Their Perturbations in Schizophrenia 63
Ch. VII Sentence Production among Schizophrenics and Senile Dementia Patients 85
Ch. VIII The Utterance in Analysis 95
Ch. IX Class Language, Unconscious Language 109
Ch. X The Rape of the Letter 121
Ch. XI Sex as Sign 137
Ch. XII Idiolect or Other Logic 153
Ch. XIII Does Schizophrenic Discourse Exist? 173
Ch. XIV Schizophrenics, or the Refusal of Schiz 179
Ch. XV The Setting in Psychoanalysis 193
Ch. XVI The Poverty of Psychoanalysis 205
Ch. XVII The Language of Man 227
Ch. XVIII The Limits of Transference 237
Ch. XIX In Science, Is the Subject Sexed? 247
Notes 259
Index 269
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