Rewriting Difference : Luce Irigaray and "The Greeks"

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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In this definitive reader, prominent scholars reflect on how Luce Irigaray reads the classic discourse of Western metaphysics and also how she is read within and against this discourse. Her return to the Greeks, through strategies of deconstructing, demythifying, reconstructing, and remythifying, is not a nostalgic return to the ideality of Hellenocentric antiquity, but rather an affirmatively critical revisiting of this ideality. Her persistent return and affective bond to ancient Greek logos, mythos, and tragedy sheds light on some of the most complex epistemological issues in contemporary theory, such as the workings of criticism, the language of politics and the politics of language, the possibility of social and symbolic transformation, the multiple mediations between metropolitan and postcolonial contexts of theory and practice, the question of the other, and the function of the feminine in Western metaphysics. With a foreword by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and a chapter by Irigaray responding to her commentators, this book is an essential text for those in social theory, comparative literature, or classics.

Author Biography

Elena Tzelepis is Lecturer in the Classics Department at Columbia University.
Athena Athanasiou is Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteio University in Greece.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Thinking Difference as Different Thinking in Luce Irigaray's Deconstructive Genealogiesp. 1
The Question of Reading Irigarayp. 15
Kore: Philosophy, Sensibility, and the Diffraction of Lightp. 33
In the Underworld with Irigaray: Kathy Acker'sp. 51
Textiles that Matter: Irigaray and Veilsp. 63
Mothers, Sisters, and Daughters: Luce Irigaray and the Female Genealogical Line in the Stories of the Greeksp. 79
Antigone and the Ethics of Kinshipp. 93
Mourning (as) Woman: Event, Catachresis, and "That Other Face of Discourse"p. 105
Weird Greek Sex: Rethinking Ethics in Irigaray and Foucaultp. 119
Autonomy, Self-Alteration, Sexual Differencep. 135
Hospitality and Sexual Difference: Remembering Homer with Luce Irigarayp. 149
"Raising Love up to the Word": Rewriting God as "Other" through Irigarayan Stylep. 165
Dynamic Potentiality: The Body that Stands Alonep. 177
Sameness, Alterity, Flesh: Luce Irigaray and the Place of Sexual Undecidabilityp. 191
"Women on the Market": On Sex, Race, and Commodificationp. 203
Irigaray's Challenge to the Fetishistic Hegemony of the Platonic One and Manyp. 217
Who Cares about the Greeks? Uses and Misuses of Tradition in the Articulation of Difference and Pluralityp. 231
Conditionalities, Exclusions, Occlusionsp. 247
The Returnp. 259
Contributorsp. 273
Indexp. 279
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