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This Sex Which Is Not One / Edition 1

This Sex Which Is Not One / Edition 1

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In This Sex Which Is Not One, Luce Irigaray elaborates on some of the major themes of Speculum of the Other Woman, her landmark work on the status of woman in Western philosophical discourse and in psychoanalytic theory, In eleven acute and widely ranging essays, Irigaray reconsiders the question of female sexuality in a variety of contexts that are relevant to current discussion of feminist theory and practice.

Among the topics she treats are the implications of the thought of Freud and Lacan for understanding womanhood and articulating a feminine discourse; classic views on the significance of the difference between male and female sex organs; and the experience of erotic pleasure in men and in women. She also takes up explicitly the question of economic exploitation of women; in an astute reading of Marx she shows that the subjection of woman has been institutionalized by her reduction to an object of economic exchange. Throughout Irigaray seeks to dispute and displace male-centered structures of language and thought through a challenging writing practice that takes a first step toward a woman's discourse, a discourse that would put an end to Western culture's enduring phallocentrism.

Making more direct and accessible the subversive challenge of Speculum of the Other Woman, this volume—skillfully translated by Catherine Porter (with Carolyn Burke)—will be essential reading for anyone seriously concerned with contemporary feminist issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801493317
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 05/10/1985
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Luce Irigaray, a trained, psychoanalyst, has two doctorates, one in linguistics and one in philosophy. Her books include Speculum of the Other, This Sex Which is Not One, and Ethics of Sexual Difference, all published by Cornell University Press.

Catherine Porter is Professor of French at State University of New York College at Cortland.

Table of Contents

1. The Looking Glass, from the Other Side
2. This Sex Which Is Not One
3. Psychoanalytic Theory: Another Look
4. The Power of Discourse and the Subordination of the Feminine
5. Cosi Fan Tutti
6. The "Mechanics" of Fluids
7. Questions
8. Women on the Market
9. Commodities among Themselves
10. "Frenchwomen," Stop Trying
11. When Our Lips Speak Together

Publisher's Note and Notes on Selected Terms

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