9780415168571

Philosophy and the Maternal Body: Reading Silence

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    9780415168571

  • ISBN10:

    0415168570

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-03-19
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Philosophy and the Maternal Bodyis a fascinating exploration of an overlooked aspect of feminist thought: what is the role of maternity in philosophy and in what ways has it been used by male theorists to effectively "silence" the voices of women in philosophy? Drawing on rich examples such as Plato's allegory of the cave, Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein's writing on the mother and the mother-daughter relationship, and the psychoanalytic and feminist insights of Irigaray and Kristeva, Michelle Boulous Walker clearly shows how terms such as denial, repression and foreclosure offer crucial insight into the philosophical construction of the maternal body.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements x
Introduction 1(6)
PART I Reading silence 7(94)
1 Speaking silence: woman's voice in philosophy
9(18)
Reading silence
10(1)
Luce Irigaray: speaking otherwise - woman as the place of philosophy
11(4)
Michele Le Doeuffi woman as enclosed space/interiority
15(12)
2 Philosophy: reading denial
27(23)
Returning to the repressed: Plato's bodily fluids
28(5)
Symptomatic reading
33(1)
Reading with the eye
34(2)
Reading with innocence and guilt
36(2)
Louis Althusser: a world without women
38(4)
Returning to the scene of the crime
42(5)
Althusser's problematic: silencing and exclusion
47(3)
3 Reading psychoanalysis: psychotic texts/maternal pre-texts
50(18)
Reading Freud
51(1)
Psychosis: foreclosing the mother
51(4)
"Fort-da" as the compulsion to repeat
55(3)
Schreber: the self as psychotic text
58(6)
The abject: writing (and) the maternal body
64(4)
4 Philosophy and silence: The Differend
68(17)
Jean-Francois Lyotard: The Differend
68(4)
Figuring woman: the idiom of sexual difference?
72(5)
Luce Irigaray: genre and sexual difference
77(4)
Women and silence: differend
81(4)
5 Unquiet silence: Kristeva reading Marx with Freud
85(16)
Reading Marx: production and (masculine) self-production
85(2)
Marx: the language of birth
87(2)
Baudrillard reading Marx
89(2)
Kristeva reading Marx
91(1)
The dream-work
92(3)
Silent production?
95(2)
Symbolic exchange
97(4)
PART II Speaking silence 101(75)
6 Kristeva: naming the problem
103(31)
The poetic subject and negativity
104(3)
The body in crisis
107(6)
Poetic language as revolution: reading the avant-garde
113(3)
Poetic language and the maternal body
116(5)
Woman as negativity
121(7)
Beyond the proper name
128(6)
7 Collecting mothers: women at the Symposium
134(25)
Exploring the maternal metaphor
135(3)
Mother's white ink: Helene Cixous
138(3)
Writing the mother: Melanie Klein
141(3)
Mothers and the art of birth: Julia Kristeva
144(5)
Toward a feminist poetics: writing (and) the mother's body
149(6)
From body to voice: labial logic
155(4)
8 Mothers and daughters: speaking
159(17)
Mothers and daughters writing
159(4)
Reproduction and repetition
163(7)
Mother-daughter poetics: Luce Irigaray
170(6)
Conclusion: speaking with(in) the symbolic 176(6)
Notes 182(35)
Bibliography 217(14)
Index 231

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