Irigaray: Re-directing the Gift of Love

Linnell Secomb

in Philosophy and Love

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623679
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671854 | DOI:
Irigaray: Re-directing the Gift of Love

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This chapter explores the attempts of Luce Irigaray to develop another model for expressing love. Her vision of love is placed with and against Sally Potter's and Virginia Woolf's differing representations of love in Orlando. In This Sex Which Is Not One, Irigaray reviews existing social and sexual relations and dreams an alternate social architectonics and way of life based on recognition and valorisation of woman and man as different beings. In I Love To You, the dual strategy of staging difference and proximity is spread through the re-articulation of love. Irigaray presents a valuable re-articulation of both femininity and love. Irigaray's I Love To You helps an indirection that thwarts possession and closure and enables an openness to the otherness of the other for ‘It is the surprise, the unknowability, the otherness of the other that open and maintain the transformative and futural vector of relationality’.

Keywords: love; Luce Irigaray; Sally Potter; Virginia Woolf; Orlando; This Sex Which Is Not One; I Love To You; femininity

Chapter.  7259 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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