Volatile Bodies is based on a risky wager: that all the effects of subjectivity, psychological depth and inferiority can be refigured in terms of bodies and surfaces. The book explores various dissonances in thinking the relation between mind and body. It investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms. In Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism, Elizabeth Grosz reexamines canonical philosophers and theorists and their thoughts on the.
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Volatile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: Elizabeth rated it liked it Jul 12, Her examination of female experience lays the groundwork for developing theories of sexed corporeality rather than merely rectifying flawed models of male theorists.
Kimberly rated it liked it Aug 28, It should be on every book shelf of those interested in gender and feminist theory. It will not only introduce feminist to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but set a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the body.
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Human biology is inherently social and has no pure or natural “origin” outside of culture. These thinkers are not providing an account of “human” corporeality but of male corporeality.
Refiguring Bodies Part II. Grosz takes on quite the task in unpacking, comparing, contrasting and contextualizing these theorists for the feminist reader.
Inshe moved to Monash University to the department of comparative literature. It uses, transforms and subverts the work of bolatile number of distinguished male theorists of the body Freud, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Schilder, Nietzsche, Foucault, Lingis and Deleuze who, while freeing the body from its subordination to the mind, are nonetheless unable to accomodate the specificities of women’s bodies.
References to this book Enlightened Women: We cannot posit the existence of a precultural body or understand sexual difference as unmediated biological fact since “[t]here is no natural body to return to” outside cultural production Volatile Bodies is based on a risky wager: Indiana University Press, Ultimately, I believe the most interest addition Grosz make is in the final chapter, where she attempts to fill some of the gaps left by theory and history. Grosz takes this notion of the missing part in a new direction when she connects Schilder’s work on the phantom limb—a phenomenon observed in almost all removed body parts—with such female disorders as hysteria, hypochondria, and anorexia, the last of which represents “a kind of mourning for a preOedipal i.
Trivia About Volatile Bodies: Many configurations of the mindbody relation are played out as Grosz engages in an interrogative, often antagonistic dialogue with the “fathers” of contemporary thought.
She has such an incredible way of pushing the envelope of ways of thinking about the self, the body, or the world yet she can also break complexities down to bite-able bits. It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but sets a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the status of the body. Elizabeth Grosz is a professor vllatile Duke University.
Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism
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While Neitzche sees bodies a the cause of power, Foucault sees them as the field on which power operates. David Surman rated ggrosz it was amazing Jul 30, This is also a way to introduce potential geographers and socio-t Being entirely enthralled by Spinoza and Deleuze, Grosz has been exactly the introduction to a monist feminism that I needed.
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