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Irigaray and Politics

A Critical Introduction

Laura Roberts

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Positions Luce Irigaray as one of the most important and radical political thinkers alive today

  • Provides an overview of Irigaray’s broader psychoanalytic and philosophical contexts that have not as yet been acknowledged, giving important context for engaging with her more recent writings
  • Situates Luce Irigaray as a political philosopher, helping us to fully appreciate her political project and her challenge to western modernity and rationality
  • Connects the political, ethical and ontological aspects of Irigaray’s, bringing the concrete political features of Irigaray’s philosophy of sexuate difference to the fore
  • Engages with the intersections of race, class and coloniality in Irigaray’s work and connects it to decolonial thinkers more broadly

Bringing together Luce Irigaray’s early psychoanalytically orientated writings with her more recent and more explicitly political writings, Irigary and Politics weaves together the ontological, political and ethical dimensions of Irigaray’s philosophy of sexuate difference in imaginative ways.

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Contents

Introduction

1. Beyond Freud and Lacan

The Psychoanalytic Critique Of Western Thought
Freud’s Unconscious Phantasy
Lacan’s Mirror Stage
A Culture of Narcissism
Melanie Klein and Projective Identification
Béla Grunberger and the Masculine Imaginary
Psychoanalysing the Psychoanalysts: Irigaray on Freud’s ‘Femininity’
The Culture of Narcissism as Social Critique

2. Feminine Imaginaries: Rhythmic Becoming and Labial Logics

Philosophical Myths: Refiguring western space-time
Language and Subjectivity: Labial Logics and Placental Economies

3. Feminine Genealogies and Feminine Subjectivity

Cultural Myth: Mother-daughter relations and Woman-to-woman sociality
Religious Myth: A Feminine Divine
New Politics and Sexuate Rights

4. Within and Between us: Irigaray’s Dialectics

Tracing the Dialectic – Irigaray with Hegel
Diotima’s Dialectic – Refiguring Love, Within and Between Us
The Interval of Breath
I Love to You: The Failure of Hegel’s Labour of Love
Listening and Wonder

5. Luce Irigaray with Gayatri Spivak

French Feminism in an International Frame (1981)
French Feminism Revisited (1993)
Levinas and The Fecundity of the Caress
The Impossible Intimacy of the Ethical

6. A Politics of Proximity

Marxist Feminist Critique Of The Family
Refounding The Family
Intercultural Couples
Politics of the Common
Where to Now? New International Municipalism
Barcelona en Comú & The Feminisation of Politics

In Conclusion
Afterword

About the Author

Laura Roberts is Lecturer in Philosophy and Gender Studies at the University of Queensland.

Reviews

Roberts shows that Irigaray is an important political thinker whose ideas deserve to be considered and discussed by political philosophers and theorists. She gives a very clear and accessible account of Irigaray’s work and she explores some of the concrete social and political features of Irigaray’s philosophy of sexuate difference.

- Alison Stone, Lancaster University

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