Embracing Space

Embracing Space : Spatial Metaphors in Feminist Discourse

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While there is a predominant celebration of mobility and instability metaphors in contemporary feminist discourse, concepts of home, rest or dwelling are frequently left unproblematized and perceived as simple, static and lacking in development potential. This study finds that despite the countless geographic and ideological overlappings in feminist thought, two basic positions may be discerned. There is a fashionable celebration of what the author calls a resisting or bracing space, a site of resistance of constant travel where all comforts of home, unity and dwelling are programmatically to be withstood. Instead of privileging travel in a divisively dualistic gesture, the author proposes that both travel and dwelling metaphors be radically and fruitfully deconstructed and reconstructed, and visualizes a parabolic travel-in-dwelling concept of embracing space. While feminism's hypertransgressive movement metaphors may be fuelled by fantasies of reaching a new kind of masculinizing, transcendent dream of everywhere which denies material limitations and functions and which continues to undervalue femininity, the embracing varieties of space, according to this study, are both more promising and more necessary today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 163.32 x 244.6 x 17.53mm | 421.84g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 0313297282
  • 9780313297281

Table of contents

Framing Moving Out: Method and Metaphor My Place or Yours? Bodies and Separate Spheres Material and Discursive Space Resisting Rest: Hypertransgressive Feminism Embracing Space: Endings and Beginnings Bibliography Index
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About Kerstin Westerlund Shands

KERSTIN W. SHANDS is an Associate Professor of English at the University College of South Stockholm. She holds a doctorate in English from Uppsala University, Sweden, and has been a visting scholar at Columbia University, New York and at the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Among her publications are Escaping the Castle of Patriarchy: Patterns of Development in the Novels of Gail Godwin (1990) and The Repair of the World: The Novels of Marge Piercy (Greenwood, 1994).
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