The Feminine Subject

The Feminine Subject

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In 1949 Simone de Beauvoir asked, What does it mean to be a woman? Her answer to that question inaugurated a radical transformation of the meaning of woman that defined the direction of subsequent feminist theory. What Beauvoir discovered is that it is impossible to define woman as an equal human being in our philosophical and political tradition. Her effort to redefine woman outside these parameters set feminist theory on a path of radical transformation. The feminist theorists who wrote in the wake of Beauvoir s work followed that path. Susan Hekman s original and highly engaging new book traces the evolution of woman from Beauvoir to the present. In a comprehensive synthesis of a number of feminist theorists she covers French feminist thinkers Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous as well as theorists such as Carol Gilligan, Carole Pateman and Judith Butler. The book examines the relational self, feminist liberalism and Marxism, as well as feminist theories of race and ethnicity, radical feminism, postmodern feminism and material feminism.
Hekman argues that the effort to redefine woman in the course of feminist theory is a cumulative process in which each approach builds on that which has gone before. Although they have approached woman from different perspectives, feminist theorists has moved beyond the negative definition of our tradition to a new concept that continues to evolve. The Feminine Subject is a remarkably succinct yet wide-ranging analysis which will appeal to all feminist scholars and students as well as anyone interested in the changing nature of feminism since the 1950s.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0745687849
  • 9780745687841
  • 761,518

About Susan J. Hekman

Susan Hekman is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate Humanities Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Simone De Beauvoir and the Beginnings of The Feminine Subject Chapter 2: Difference I: The French Feminists Chapter 3: Difference Ii: Radical Feminism and the Relational Self Chapter 4: Continuing the Tradition: Liberalism and Marxism Chapter 5: From Difference to Differences: Postmodernism, Race, Ethnicity, and Intersectionality Chapter 6: The Material Subject Bibliography
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