Material Feminisms

Material Feminisms

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Harnessing the energy of provocative theories generated by recent understandings of the human body, the natural world, and the material world, Material Feminisms presents an entirely new way for feminists to conceive of the question of materiality. In lively and timely essays, an international group of feminist thinkers challenges the assumptions and norms that have previously defined studies about the body. These wide-ranging essays grapple with topics such as the material reality of race, the significance of sexual difference, the impact of disability experience, and the complex interaction between nature and culture in traumatic events such as Hurricane Katrina. By insisting on the importance of materiality, this volume breaks new ground in philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies, science studies, and other fields where the body and nature collide.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 703.06g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 7 b&w photos
  • 0253219469
  • 9780253219466
  • 156,678

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. . . clearly charts new theoretical waters, demonstrating how feminist thinking about materiality suffuses multiple disciplines and keeps them in lively conversation with one another. . . . provide[s] succinct and rich overviews of where feminist studies, especially feminist technoscience studies, stands today. -- Olivia P. Banner * University of California, Los Angeles * This richly layered collection of essays explores materiality from the perspectives of an international group of feminist theorists. . . . Recommended.November 2008 -- K.G. Saulton * Capella University *show more

About Associate Professor Stacy Alaimo

Stacy Alaimo is Associate Professor of English at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space.Susan Hekman is Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Humanities at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of Private Selves, Public Identities and The Future of Differences.show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Emerging Models of Materiality in Feminist Theory / Stacy Alaimo and Susan HekmanPart 1. Material Theory1. Darwin and Feminism: Preliminary Investigations for a Possible Alliance / Elizabeth Grosz2. On Not Becoming Man: The Materialist Politics of Unactualized Potential / Claire Colebrook3. Constructing the Ballast: An Ontology for Feminism / Susan Hekman4. Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter / Karen BaradPart 2. Material World5. Otherworldly Conversations, Terran Topics, Local Terms / Donna J. Haraway6. Viscous Porosity: Witnessing Katrina / Nancy Tuana7. Natural Convers(at)ions: Or, What if Culture Was Really Nature All Along? / Vicki Kirby8. Trans-Corporeal Feminisms and the Ethical Space of Nature / Stacy Alaimo9. Landscape, Memory, and Forgetting: Thinking through (My Mother's) Body and Place / Catriona Mortimer-SandilandsPart 3. Material Bodies10. Disability Experience on Trial / Tobin Siebers11. How Real Is Race? / Michael Hames-Garcia12. From Race/Sex/Etc. to Glucose, Feeding Tube, and Mourning: The Shifting Matter of Chicana Feminism / Suzanne Bost13. Organic Empathy: Feminism, Psychopharmaceuticals and the Embodiment of Depression / Elizabeth A. Wilson14. Cassie's Hair / Susan BordoList of ContributorsIndexshow more

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