Women and the Gift

Women and the Gift

Beyond the Given and All-Giving
Edited by Morny Joy
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-00663-9
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Recent inquiries into the concept of the gift have been largely male-dominated and thus have ignored important aspects of the gift from a woman’s point of view. In the light of philosophical work by Mauss, Lévi-Strauss, Derrida, and Bataille, Women and the Gift reflects how women respond to the notion of the gift and relationships of giving. This collection evaluates and critiques previous work on the gift and also responds to how women view care, fidelity, generosity, trust, and independence in light of the gift.

Author Bio

Morny Joy is University Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is editor of Continental Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion and After Appropriation: Explorations in Intercultural Philosophy and Religion.


“It is not only that women as givers are not noticed; it is also that women are often the gifts or objects of exchange. There has been virtually no attention to the gendered nature of the discourse.”
 — Grace M. Jantzen, University of Manchester

“[S]eeks a broad audience and draws from philosophy, anthropology, religion, and feminist studies yet remains in a theoretical and philosophical realm . . .2014”

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Table of Contents


Introduction \ Morny Joy
1. Pandora and the Ambiguous Works of Women: All-Taking or All-Giving? \ Deborah Lyons
2. Nietzsche, the Gift, and the Taken for Granted \ Lorraine Markotic
3. "Everything Comes Back to It": Woman as the Gift in Derrida \ Nancy J. Holland
4. Melancholia, Forgiveness, and the Logic of The Gift \ Kathleen O'Grady
5. Gift of Being, Gift of Self \ Mariana Ortega
6. The Gift of Being, Gift of World(s): Irigaray on Heidegger \ Maria Cimitile
7. Graceful Gifts: Hélène Cixous and the Radical Gifts of Other Love \ Sal Renshaw
8. John Milbank and the Feminine Gift \ Rachel Muers
9. De Beauvoir and the Myth of the Given \ Victoria Barker
10. Women and the Gift: Speculations on the "Given" and the "All-Giving" \ Morny Joy