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Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and 'the Greeks'

Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and 'the Greeks'


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ISBN-13: 9781438430997
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory Series
Pages: 301
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elena Tzelepis is Lecturer in the Classics Department at Columbia University.

Athena Athanasiou is Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University in Greece.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak ix

Chapter 1 Thinking Difference as Different Thinking in Luce Irigaray's Deconstructive Genealogies Athena Athanasiou Elena Tzelepis 1

Chapter 2 The Question of Reading Irigaray Elizabeth Weed 15

Chapter 3 Kore: Philosophy, Sensibility, and the Diffraction of Light Dorothea Olkowski 33

Chapter 4 In the Underworld with Irigaray: Kathy Acker's Eurydice Dianne Chisholm 51

Chapter 5 Textiles that Matter: Irigaray and Veils Anne-Emmanuelle Berger 63

Chapter 6 Mothers, Sisters, and Daughters: Luce Irigaray and the Female Genealogical Line in the Stories of the Greeks Gail Schwab 79

Chapter 7 Antigone and the Ethics of Kinship Mary Beth Mader 93

Chapter 8 Mourning (as) Woman: Event, Catachresis, and "That Other Face of Discourse" Athena Athanasiou Elena Tzelepis 105

Chapter 9 Weird Greek Sex: Rethinking Ethics in Irigaray and Foucault Lynne Huffer 119

Chapter 10 Autonomy, Self-Alteration, Sexual Difference Stathis Gourgouris 135

Chapter 11 Hospitality and Sexual Difference: Remembering Homer with Luce Irigaray Judith Still 149

Chapter 12 "Raising Love up to the Word": Rewriting God as "Other" through Irigarayan Style Laine M. Harrington 165

Chapter 13 Dynamic Potentiality: The Body that Stands Alone Claire Colebrook 177

Chapter 14 Sameness, Alterity, Flesh: Luce Irigaray and the Place of Sexual Undecidability Gayle Salamon 191

Chapter 15 "Women on the Market": On Sex, Race, and Commodification Ewa Plonowska Ziarek 203

Chapter 16 Irigaray's Challenge to the Fetishistic Hegemony of the Platonic One and Many Tina Chanter 217

Chapter 17 Who Cares about the Greeks? Uses and Misuses of Tradition in the Articulation of Difference and Plurality Eleni Varikas 231

Chapter 18 Conditionalities, Exclusions, Occlusions Penelope Deutscher 247

Chapter 19 The Return Luce Irigaray 259

Contributors 273

Index 279

What People are Saying About This

Adriana Cavarero

"This book will captivate feminist scholars and classicists alike, presenting the complex panorama of an interdisciplinary study in which the primacy of the 'text' (be it Irigaray's or that of the ancient tradition) is at the same time confirmed and trespassed."--(Adriana Cavarero, author of Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of Gender)

Judith Butler

"This singular volume begins to take account of the enormous influence and range of the work of Luce Irigaray. Taking as a point of departure the key critical writings on Greek philosophy that form the basis of Irigaray's theories of sexual difference, the sexed body, and writing, this anthology brings Irigaray's Greek legacy into the present to consider feminist philosophy as a critical rereading of philosophy's foundations. Here we see that the departures from that important tradition are as important as the debts we owe. Once again we see that to read Irigaray means learning to read in both directions at once. As well, we see in vivid terms that Irigaray's work poses an enormous challenge for rethinking relations of eros and love, recrafting philosophy through new textual and corporeal practices, both embodied and critical. The volume recognizes Irigaray as a feminist philosopher whose work has itself produced an impressive legacy of diverse and vital criticism among major contemporary thinkers. This is an invaluable text for those who wish to understand just how radically feminist thought intervenes in questions of history, love, embodiment, and critical readings in philosophy."--(Judith Butler, author of Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?)

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