Gendered Agents: Women & Institutional Knowledge

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Silvestra Mariniello, Paul A. Bové
Duke University Press, 1998 - 428 Seiten
Gendered Agents, edited by Silvestra Mariniello andPaul A. Bové, presents essays by influential feminist theorists who challenge traditional Western epistemology and suggest new directions for feminism. By examining both literary and historical discourses, such critics as Gayatri Spivak, Hortense Spillers, and Lauren Berlant assess questions of sexuality, ethics, race, psychoanalysis, subjectivity, and identity.
Gathered from various issues of the journal boundary 2, the essays in Gendered Agents seek to transform the model of Western academic knowledge by restructuring its priorities and values. In the introduction, Mariniello urges feminists to begin anew but take as their starting place the achievements of feminism and feminist theory: an understanding of language that considers the implications of silence, the motivation to decompartmentalize experience, and the acknowledgement that everything is political. Challenging both a canonical organization of knowledge and the persistently self-referential "ghettoization" of feminism, contributors subsequently tackle subjects as diverse as pre-Marxist France, the American fetus, black intellectuals, queer nationality, and the art of literary interpretation.

Contributors. Lauren Berlant, Karen Brennan, Margaret Cohen, Nancy Fraser, Elizabeth Freeman, Carol Jacobs, Silvestra Mariniello, Larysa Mykyta, Laura Rice, Ivy Schweitzer, Doris Sommer, Hortense J. Spillers, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Judith Wilt

 

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SILVESTRA MARINIELLO Introduction
1
GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK Responsibility
19
NANCY FRASER The Uses and Abuses of French Discourse Theories
123
Malek Alloulas Colonial Harem
144
Alternative Rhetorical Strategies
159
LAUREN BERLANT America Fat the Fetus
192
LAUREN BERLANT AND ELIZABETH FREEMAN TH FREEMAN Queer Nationality
245
Gender Class
279
JUDITH WILT Brava And Farewell to Greatheart
306
A New Understanding of Agency
323
Woman
349
At the Threshold
371
Hysterical
396
Index
423
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Über den Autor (1998)

Silvestra Mariniello is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Montreal.

Paul A. Bové is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and Editor of boundary 2.

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