E 791A: THEORIZING THE DISCIPLINE


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WEEK 13: Feminism
26 November


Consider Cixous' with respect to Irigaray in light of definitions of gender. How does a theoretical uncertainty about identity affect the act of critique? Must there be a subject to make a critique?

Is there a theoretical distinction between a political majority and "society"? What role do "natural groups" play? Is gender performed? According to which codes? How does feminist critique relate to the structuralist questions we discussed?

READ

1) Hélène Cixous, The Newly Born Woman (Minnesota, 1986). All.