Technologies of Gender

Technologies of Gender

Essays on Theory, Film, and Fiction
Teresa de Lauretis
Distribution: U.S. Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Japan
Publication date: 11/1/1987
Format: paper 168 pages
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-20441-7
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“Technologies of Gender builds a bridge between the fashionable orthodoxies of academic theory (Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, et al.) and the frequently-marginalized contributions of feminist theory. . . . In sum, de Lauretis has written a book that should be required reading for every feminist in need of theoretical ammunition—and for every theorist in need of feminist enlightenment.” —B. Ruby Rich

“ . . . sets philosophical ideas humming. . . . she has much to say.” —Cineaste

“I can think of no other work that pushes the debate on the female subject forward with such passion and intellectual rigor.” —SubStance

This book addresses the question of gender in poststructuralist theoretical discourse, postmodern fiction, and women’s cinema. It examines the construction of gender both as representation and as self-representation in relation to several kinds of texts and argues that feminism is producing a radical rewriting, as well as a rereading, of the dominant forms of Western culture.

Author Bio

Teresa de Lauretis is Professor of the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her most recent books are Alice Doesn't: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema and Feminist Studies/Critical Studies (ed.).

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Table of Contents


1. The Technology of Gender
2. The Violence of Rhetoric: Considerations on Representation and Gender
3. Gaudy Rose: Eco adn narcissism
4. Calvino and the Amazons: Reading the (Post) Modern Text
5. Gramsci Notwithstanding, or, The Left Hand of History
6. Fellini’s 9 1/2
7. Strategies of Coherence: Narrative Cinema, Feminst Poetics, and Yvonne Rainer
8. Rethinking Women’s Cinema: Aesthetics and Feminist Theory