Carlon Robbins PHILS Reading Response 12/05/10 Irigaray: “Plato’s Hystera,” from Speculum of the Other Woman The Belgian-French feminist. Speculum de l’autre femme (; Speculum of the Other Woman), which was highly From Irigaray held a research position at the Centre National de la . Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycholinguist, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. She is best known for her works Speculum of the Other Woman () and.

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According to Irigaray, in Western culture, the imaginary body which dominates on a cultural level is a male body.

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The Avoidance of Masculine Hysteria. In many of her texts, Irigaray seeks to unveil how both psychoanalytic theory and philosophy exclude women from a genuine social existence as autonomous subjects, and relegate women to the realm of inert, lifeless, inessential matter.

This text is a complex engagement with the history of philosophy and psychoanalytic theory. With this critique in place, Irigaray suggests how irgiaray can begin to reconfigure their identity such that dpeculum sex does not exist at the expense of the other. Irigaray ultimately states that Western culture itself is founded upon a primary sacrifice of the mother, and all women through her.

In the third section, in which there is no engagement with a male philosopher, Irigaray describes how otner infinite is essential to love between men and women. She believes that language typically excludes women from an active subject position. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She has participated in several initiatives in Italy to implement a respect for sexual difference on a cultural and, in her most recent work, governmental level.

English Translations Irigaray, Luce. Like the specculum session, her texts are a collaboration between writer analyst and reader analysand. Taylor Thomas rated it it was amazing May 29, Compilation of essays that discuss themes as diverse as where Lacanian theory went wrong, what mimesis is, and how to give a Marxist critique of jrigaray exchange of women in Western culture.


Speculum of the Other Woman.

Speculum of the Other Woman: New Edition by Luce Irigaray

But I am unfair. However, she also criticizes Th deconstruction of the category “woman” see Derrida’s Spurs in Marine Lover. Due to this condition, philosophy is the educational method that aids in the search for Truth and Reality, thus unshackling us from our chains and imprisonment inside the cave, and moving us outward and upward to the sun of illumination.

In this style of writing, Irigaray not only will speculjm assume the position of a master-knower who imparts knowledge in a linear manner, she also considers her readers’ reactions to her work to be an integral part of that work. Irigaray utilizes myth to suggest that mothers and daughters need to protect their irugaray and strengthen their bonds to one another. For the profession of psychoanalysis, Irigaray believes, female sexuality has remained a “dark continent,” unfathomable and unapproachable; its nature can only be misunderstood by those who continue to regard women in masculine terms.

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Publication Ithaca, United States. However, Irigaray’s goal to challenge psychoanalytic theory and to change the definition of femininity evinces an agreement with the materialist position.

Indiana University Press, Based on this analysis, Irigaray says that sexual difference does not exist. Jan 09, Maggie Roessler rated it it was ok Shelves: Useful compilation of essays, some of which are found in the texts listed here. Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, womam, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. Irigaray models solidarity among women in her unwillingness to belong exclusively to one group.

In order to prove that language excludes women from subjectivity, Irigaray conducted research that links the exclusion of women from subjectivity in Western culture to the speech patterns of men and women. Epeculum book, while over o years old, has n This book, like many other examples of post-structuralist French criticism, features an opaque writing style and wide-ranging references to the Western philosophical canon, which makes it difficult to read.

The second birth, secondary origin, renaissance or reminiscence of truth will never, simply, defer the hysterical tropism.


Speculum of the Other Woman

Irigaray is also writing a series of texts devoted to the four elements. The Way Out of the Cave. Influenced Catherine MalabouIriyaray P. While she believes that women’s social othed political situation has to be addressed on a global level, she also thinks that change begins in individual relationships between women. A compilation of interviews with Irigaray about select work written in the 80’s and 90’s such as Sexes and Genealogies and Language is Never Neutral. Several of her later texts are dedicated to her work in the women’s movement of Italy.

The Silenced Feminine in Nietzsche and Heidegger. But focusing exclusively on women’s material or economic situation as the key to change will only-at best-grant women access to a male social role insofar as it will not change the definition of women.

Highlights central disagreements between prominent feminist thinkers about Irigaray’s work. Aug 06, Maura Brewer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Novel Language and Utopian Ideals While the goal of mimesis is to problematize the male definition of femininity to such a degree that a new definition of and, ultimately, an embodied subject position for women can emerge, Irigaray says in her earlier work that she jrigaray not prescribe in advance either the definition or the subject position.

Irigaray utilizes her analyses of the male philosophers to discuss the following themes which are essential to her ethics: However, this alone will not change the current state of affairs. Freud attempts to explain female subjectivity and sexuality according to a male model.

This book, like many spwculum examples of post-structuralist French criticism, features an opaque writing style and wide-ranging references to the Western philosophical canon, which makes it difficult to read.