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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Phenomenology views the body as not an object, but as a lived body: Apr 22, Myriam rated it liked it.

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism by Elizabeth Grosz

Susan Lantz rated it it was amazing Aug slizabeth, She unpacks how they theorize the body, contextualizing it among other thinkers and placing the body at centre stage. Lesley rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Somer rated it it was ok Apr 28, Foucault says the body is produced through history, and power produces specific body qualifiers or types.

It will not only introduce feminist to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but set a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the body. Volatile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: The Body as Inscriptive Surface 7.

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. Ultimately she seeks an understanding of subjectivity and the body that exceeded dualism. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.


Customer Reviews Comments There are currently no reviews Write a review on this title. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Toward a Corporeal Feminism Elizabeth A. The Outside In 5. Feminism and Film Maggie Humm No preview available – Grosz has spent her career delving in and bringing it all together.

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism

Many configurations of the mindbody relation are played out as Grosz engages in an interrogative, often antagonistic dialogue with the “fathers” of contemporary thought. Elizabeh 30, Rhonda rated it really liked it. Grosz Limited preview – This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

This is an interesting read concerning the materiality of gender. She closes the chapter suggesting some ways feminists have approached the body in the past.

Volatile Bodies

Keian rated it did not like it Jun 24, She is the author of Sexual Subversions: Feb 09, Riley Holmes rated it really liked it Shelves: Imogene Newland rated it really liked it Aug 03, Grosz takes this notion of the missing 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.

Neurological and psychological breakdowns manifest the astonishing complexity of body-mind relations and generate some startling but intriguing speculation: This directly answers many of the questions I had about feminist theory in the language I hold most close to grisz nature.

Grosz’s reading elizageth 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. David Surman volatilee it it was amazing Jul 30, Merleau-Ponty ignores female sexuality ; privileges vision Privacy Notice Accessibility Help.


It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of th. Other editions – View all Volatile Bodies: I look forward to reading more of Grosz. She demonstrates that their theories are tacitly predicated on the male body, even when they ostensibly focus on femininity.

Refiguring Bodies Part II. Annie rated it liked it Nov 16, Butlerit is thoughtful and well realized.

How can you write a book criticising the lack of inclusion and variety within the analysis of the body and just completely dismiss bodies like that? Preview — Volatile Bodies by Elizabeth Grosz. I believe this work will be a landmark in future feminist thinking.

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. To ask other readers questions about Volatile Bodiesplease sign up. 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.