9780521597616

Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521597616

  • ISBN10:

    0521597617

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-01-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Differences That Matter challenges existing ways of theorising the relationship between feminism and postmodernism which ask 'is or should feminism be modern or postmodern?' Sara Ahmed suggests that postmodernism has been allowed to dictate feminist debates and calls instead for feminist theorists to speak (back) to postmodernism, rather than simply speak on (their relationship to) it. Such a 'speaking back' involves a refusal to position postmodernism as a generalisable condition of the world and requires closer readings of what postmodernism is actually 'doing' in a variety of disciplinary contexts. Sara Ahmed hence examines constructions of postmodernism in relation to rights, ethics, subjectivity, authorship, meta-fiction and film.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Introduction: Speaking back 1(22)
Rights
23(22)
Ethics
45(23)
Woman
68(26)
Subjects
94(25)
Authorship
119(23)
(Meta)fictions
142(24)
Screens
166(32)
Conclusion: Events that move us
191(7)
Notes 198(6)
References 204(10)
Index 214

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