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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Dense reading, but if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try. Hom – – Hypatia 28 3: She was invited by this region to educate its citizens about her political ideals.

She is currently the Director of Research in Philosophy at the center, and also continues her private practice.

Ecofeminism Feminist method Hegemonic masculinity Women’s history Women’s studies. Her text, Democracy Begins Tje Twowas a part of that collaboration insofar as it otheg the theoretical work behind her role as adviser. Thus she stresses the need for mothers womn represent themselves differently to their daughters, and to emphasize their daughter’s subjectivity.

Cornell University Press, In other words, while women are not considered full subjects, society itself could not function without their contributions.

Speculum of the Other Woman. According to Lacan, the Symbolic order is an ahistorical system of language that must be entered for a person to have a coherent social identity. 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.

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Although Lacan claims that the Phallus is not connected to male biology, his appropriation of Freud renders this claim false. A series of essays that address diverse issues such as civil rights for women and prejudices in biology about the mother-fetus relationship.


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doman She argues that this cannot happen until women occupy the subject position, and men learn to communicate with other subjects. Perhaps the most famous critical tool employed by Irigaray is mimesis. According to Irigaray, the logic will not be altered until we call attention to the fact that subjectivity has changed before when male dominance has not.

Mar 15, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: Between Races and Generations: Main content page count However, Irigaray’s goal to challenge psychoanalytic theory and to irigarray the definition of femininity evinces an agreement with the materialist position. I particularly respect her guts in going after not only Freud, but Plato and Hegel as well. Erica rated it really liked it Feb 24, Irigaray argues that both men and women have to reconfigure their subjectivity so that they both understand themselves as belonging equally to nature and culture.

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Yeah, that’s right, I just summarized it all in one sentence, like that’s even possible. The Eternal Irony of the Community. She believes that language typically excludes women from an active subject position. It has been a major source for my studio work.

She’s a sharp critic, but I felt it’s more a calm feminist replying to a bunch of angry chauvinists then vice versa my two cents for future readers.

Irigaray often discusses a subject position for women and a new definition of women. The Penis the Fathers Child. Changing relationships between mothers and daughters also requires language work. I get the sense from reviews that maybe Irigaray is an “angry feminist” to some. The question arises of whether or not Irigaray is suggesting that the heterosexual couple is the model for ethical relationships.


Through her critiques of both philosophy and psychoanalytic theory, Irigaray argues that women need to attain a social existence separate from the role of mother. Irigaray believes that if women are not understood in Western culture, it is because Western culture has yet to accept alternate paradigms for understanding them.

While Irigaray praises psychoanalysis for utilizing the method of analysis to reveal the plight of female subjectivity, she also thinks that it reinforces it. Influenced Catherine MalabouMartha P.

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In exchange for giving up this fantasy-which the Father demands of the irlgaray in the Oedipus complex-the infant gains his or her own relationship to the Phallus. Science Logic and Mathematics. Aug 06, Maura Brewer rated it it was amazing Shelves: One must have a relationship to the Phallus if one is to attain social existence.

The title itself is an example of this language of indirection.

The Idea, the Being, the Idea of Being mask the dehiscence of an origin that is never recognized as product of copulation. Author Information Sarah K. Her work has generated productive discussions about how to define femininity and sexual difference, whether strategic essentialism should be employed, and assessing the risk involved in engaging categories historically used to oppress women.

Newsletters Comment Print this page. Cornell University Thee- Social Science – pages. Irigaray engages with philosophy, psychoanalysis and linguistics in order to uncover the lack of true sexual difference in Western culture.

Three examples from her work illustrate her view.