Revaluing French Feminism

Revaluing French Feminism

Critical Essays on Difference, Agency, and Culture
Nancy Fraser and Sandra Lee Bartky
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/22/1992
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20682-4
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... Fraser and Bartky have brought the encounter between U.S. and French feminism to a new level of seriousness."—Ethics

In the last decade, elements of French feminist discourse have permeated and transformed the larger feminist culture in the United States. This volume is the first sustained attempt to revalue French feminism and answer the question: What has been gained and what has been lost as a result of this intercultural encounter?

Interviews with Simone de Beauvoir open the book; essays by French feminists Sarah Kofman and Luce Irigaray follow; the North American contributors are Judith Butler, Nancy Fraser, Diana J. Fuss, Nancy J. Holland, Eleanor H. Kuykendall, Dorothy Leland, Diana T. Meyers, Andrea Nye, and Margaret A. Simons.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Nancy Fraser

Two Interviews with Simone de Beauvoir: Margaret A. Simons

Introduction to Kofman’s "Rousseau’s Phallocratic Ends": Nancy J. Holland

Rousseau’s Phallocratic Ends: Sarah Kofman

Introduction to "Sorcerer Love" by Luce Irigaray: Eleanor H. Kuykendall

Sorcerer Love: A Reading of Plato’s Symposium, Diotima’s Speech: Luce Irigaray

Diotima’s Speech: Luce Irigaray

The Hidden Host: Irigaray and Diotima at Plato’s Symposium: Andrea Nye

Essentially Speaking: Luce Irigaray’s Language of Essence: Diana J. Fuss

Lacanian Psychoanalysis and Frech Feminism: Toward an Adequate Political Psychology: Dorothy Leland

The Subversion of Women’s Agency in Psychoanalytic Feminism: Chodorow, Flax, Kristeva: Diana T. Myers

The Body Politics of Julia Kristeva
Judith Butler

The Uses and Abuses of French Discourse Theories for Feminist Politics: Nancy Fraser