Sex, Breath, and Force: Sexual Difference in a Post-Feminist Era

Sex, Breath, and Force: Sexual Difference in a Post-Feminist Era


Edited by Ellen Mortensen, Contributions by Jodi Dean, Contributions by Cathrine Egeland, Contributions by Elizabeth Grosz, Contributions by Sara Heinamaa, Contributions by Lisa Kall, Contributions by Johanna Oksala, Contributions by Kelly Oliver, Contributions by Tiina Rosenberg, Contributions by Kristin Sampson


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  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Format: Paperback | 188 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0739114670
  • ISBN 13: 9780739114674
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,173,311

Product description

Living in the post-modern age, there is a growing sentiment of disenchantment in relation to the most facile aspects of dogmatic feminism. Nevertheless, the question of sexual difference still remains. Sex, Breath and Force asks how we should approach such a questioning today, given the fall of the great narratives and the plethora of theoretical discourses in circulation. What are the conditions of possibility for thinking of sexual difference as a foundational problem in the age of technology? And, how do the disciplines of social science, literary studies, philosophy, and film studies answer this challenge? This collection of essays provides a reassessment of the question of sexual difference, taking into account important shifts in feminist thought, post-humanist theories, and queer studies. The contributors offer new and refreshing insights into the complex question of sexual difference from a post-feminist perspective, and how it is reformulated in various related areas of study, such as ontology, epistemology, metaphysics, biology, technology, and mass media.

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Author information

Ellen Mortensen is director of the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Force of Sexual Difference Chapter 3 A Difference of Origin Chapter 4 From Sexual Difference to the Way of Breath: Towards a Feminist Ontology of Ourselves Chapter 5 "Traces of Otherness" Chapter 6 Nietzsche in the Feminine? Questioning Nietzche's Will to Power Chapter 7 Matter, Sexual Difference, and Death in Aristotle Chapter 8 Secrets and Drive Chapter 9 The Depressed Sex: Sublimation and Sexual Difference Chapter 10 Out of the National Closet:Show Me Love Chapter 11 Differences That Matter? Or: What Is Feminist Critique? Chapter 12 "Through Desire and Love": Simone de Beauvoir on the Possibilities of Sexual Desire