Volatile Bodies is based on a risky wager: that all the effects of subjectivity, psychological depth and inferiority can be refigured in terms of bodies and surfaces. The book explores various dissonances in thinking the relation between mind and body. It investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms. In Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism, Elizabeth Grosz reexamines canonical philosophers and theorists and their thoughts on the.

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Toward a Corporeal Feminism Elizabeth A. Elizabeth rated it liked it Jul 12, Being entirely enthralled by Spinoza and Deleuze, Grosz has been exactly the introduction to a monist feminism that I needed. It should be on every book shelf of those interested in gender and feminist theory.

Grosz takes this notion of the bovies part in a new direction when she connects Schilder’s work on the phantom limb—a phenomenon observed in almost all removed body parts—with such female disorders as hysteria, hypochondria, and anorexia, the last of which represents “a kind of mourning for a preOedipal i.

Deleuze’s anti-humanism is validated for its emphasis on eljzabeth and metamorphosis, on becoming, and specifically on “becoming-woman”; this offers the most promising possibilities for the kinds of radical re-presentations that feminism needs. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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If you’re interested in the ideas of Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze, Irigaray, Kristeva, Derr Liz Grosz is an incredible synthesizer, taking complex ideas from many different philosophers, and weaving them together with carefully selected quotations and her own insight. Bloomington, IN iuporder indiana. In terms of mainstream feminist thought prior to the ove This is an interesting read concerning the materiality of gender.

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism by Elizabeth Grosz

Again, Grosz looks at how Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Luce Irigaray address the bbodies through Phenomenology, developing a corporeal phenomenology. The Inside Out 2. Elizabeth Grosz is a professor at Duke University. We cannot posit the existence of a precultural body or understand sexual difference as unmediated biological fact since “[t]here is no natural body to return to” outside cultural production Susan Lantz rated it it was amazing Aug 14, This is also a way to introduce potential geographers and socio-technical scholars to feminist developments of body.

This figure also mirrors gfosz organization of the text, which broadly shifts from interiority to exteriority, or from psychic depth to corporeal surfaces, but always with a view rgosz collapsing or at least complicating these distinctions.

References to this book Enlightened Women: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She has such an incredible way of pushing the envelope of ways of thinking about the self, the body, or the world yet she can also break complexities down to bite-able bits. Jillian rated it it was amazing Nov 11, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. Account Options Sign in. Trosz French feminists and Jacques Lacan: Phenomenology views the body as not an object, but as a lived body: In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: It investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms – psychosis, hypochondria, neurological disturbances, perversions and sexual deviation – and most particularly the enigmatic status of body fluids, and the female body.


Human biology is inherently social and has no pure or natural “origin” outside of culture. It will not only introduce elizabety to an enriching set of th.

Volatile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: The Outside In 5. There are no discussion volatilw on this book yet. I look forward to reading more of Grosz. More than this, it is through the body that we access knowledge of the world.

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism

Toward a Corporeal Feminism. These thinkers are not providing an account of “human” corporeality but of male corporeality. She further provides the 3 main lines of investigation of the body inspired by cartesian thought.

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