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Women's Liberation and the Sublime

Bonnie Mann

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195187458
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195187458.001.0001

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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In the 1980s, this book contends, an uncritical affirmation of anti-essentialism turned this important feminist critique into a disciplinary dogmatism that constrained and homogenized feminist thinking. Feminist work in the academy became forgetful of both women and nature, and began to exchange an engaged politics for the intensity of sublime experience in its postmodern form. This book works between the modern and postmodern notions of the sublime to show that the gendered politics and effacement of nature, central to the modern sublime, especially in Kant's account, are at the heart of the postmodern sublime as well. It turns to Lyotard's postmodern sublime to argue that this sublime is hard at work in feminist poststructuralism, especially the early texts of Judith Butler. The melting away of the extra-discursively real in these accounts tends to make feminist thinking incapable of meaningfully articulating our relations to the natural world and to one another. Yet these very relations are necessarily tied to powerful aesthetic experiences of beauty and sublimity.

Keywords: anti-essentialism; feminist thinking; postmodernism; gender politics; Kant; sublime; Lyotard; Judith Butler

Book.  208 pages. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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Introduction in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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 Feminism and the Sublime in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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 The Kantian Sublime in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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 The Postmodern Sublime in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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 Interlude: Postmodern Goods in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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 Talking Back to Feminist Postmodernism in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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 Foundations for a Feminist Sublime in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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 The Liberatory Sublime in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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 The Natural Sublime in Women's Liberation and the Sublime

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