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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While many theorists are addressed, it focuses on Grossz and his concepts of power and knowledge as eizabeth refer to the body. Jillian rated it it was amazing Nov 11, 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. Other editions – View all Volatile Bodies: Account Options Sign in.

Challenging the “profound somatophobia” 5 of traditional philosophy, Grosz privileges the body as “the very ‘stuff’ of subjectivity” ix. Ultimately she seeks an understanding of subjectivity and the body that exceeded dualism.

It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but sets a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the status of the body. Customer Reviews Comments There are currently no reviews Write a review on this title.

Grosz’s reading of Merleau-Ponty is so engaging it leads one to want to read the original; Merlau-Ponty might be better know to readers of Fanon — which is why it is curious that for all of her investigation of the body as an “inscriptive text,” Grosz fails to pay any attention to race on pretty much any level of her reading of “women.


She is the author of Sexual Subversions: Volatile Bodies offers some intricate entanglements with theories of subjectivity drawn from a wide terrain. groszz

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism

Min Mae rated it really liked it Jan 05, Extremely theoretical, but an astonishingly original treatment of bodily theory.

Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. The role of perception or “bodyimage ” as a mediating agent in the mind-body opposition is further explored in a discussion of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology as the source for Irigary’s writings on fluidity, femininity, and touch. Intensities and Flows Part IV.

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It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but sets a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the status of the body. This book was really educational and I loved the multiple historical perspectives on the body, but then the author had to drop a transphobic comment towards the end it and it kind of ruined it for me. Ultimately, I believe the most interest addition Grosz make is in the final chapter, where she attempts to fill some of the elizabrth left by theory and history.

Join our email list. Affiliate Program Join our affiliate program and earn commissions by linking to our titles on your site! Many configurations of the mindbody relation are played out as Grosz engages in an interrogative, often antagonistic dialogue with the “fathers” of contemporary thought.

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Thus the body demands to be reclaimed by feminism, partly because it foregrounds the question of sexual difference, and partly because, as the “threshold or borderline concept that hovers perilously and undecidably at the pivotal point of binary pairs” 23it yields so readily to deconstruction. Open Preview See a Problem?


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Being the raw material of social and cultural organization, it is “incomplete” and thus subject to the endless rewriting and social inscription that constitute all sign systems. Her examination of female experience lays the groundwork for developing theories of sexed corporeality rather than merely rectifying flawed models of male theorists.

Inshe moved to Monash University to the department of comparative literature. David Surman rated it it was amazing Jul 30, Search by title, author, keyword or ISBN. It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of th “The location of the author’s investigations, the body itself rather than the sphere of subjective representations of self and of function in cultures, is wholly new In particular, I am fascinated by the mobius strip metaphor and the textualization and marking of the body as an explanation for how I think about bodies in an information science context.

The Inside Out 2. Foucault says the body is produced through history, and power produces specific body qualifiers or types. I revisit her works when I design any course centered on body politics or gender theory. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

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