Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (Theories of Representation and Difference)


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    Elizabeth Grosz: Volatile bodies; Toward a Corporeal Feminism

    They each pose the question of sexual difference, and, in their different ways, using different philosophical references, all problematize the logic of identity that has dominated western metaphysics--and which is implicit in philosophical, political, and social definitions of the subject.

    Having questioned the usefulness of that logic in addressing the specificity of women, they all go on to ask the provocative question: are there other ways of thinking "identity," models that can make sense of difference? This recognition of philosophy as a creative practice that produces new thinking about difference is what marks out this work as an original and radical contribution to feminist philosophy.

    The concern with difference and specificity is a distinctive theme of recent Australian work in feminist philosophy, one that takes feminist philosophy [End Page 18] beyond epistemology and a concern to rethink representation to ontology and the question of difference. Lloyd's Spinoza and the Ethics , Gatens's collection Imaginary Bodies , and Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism by Elizabeth Grosz spring to mind as earlier studies which herald the exciting new work that is presented here, but what makes this particular volume so important is the focus on thinking "otherwise.

    The Cinematic Relations of Corporeal Feminism

    This reconfiguration of feminism and philosophy suggests a politics quite different from the exclusionary liberalism characteristic of western democracies, including Australia. It enables a politics of inclusive sociability.

    What we see played out in the philosophies of liberalism and Enlightenment is an ontological model that subordinates difference to identity. Difference is then only understood as "difference from. The inevitable stereotyping of women as a homogeneous, generic group "other" to man begs the question of heterogeneity and the substantial and specific differences of language, culture, and history. This concern with the very real differences between women demands a politics of rights and equality that embraces the complexity of connections and intersections between issues of sexual difference and of race, class, and ethnicity.

    As Gatens reminds us in her recent article "Sociability and Inclusion," feminism is inherently sociable Gatens By this she means that feminism requires a politics of inclusion as opposed to the politics of exclusion that dominates modern democracies. As a counter to the "unsociable" sexed politics of modernism, which privileges an ahistorical and universal Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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