The Aporia between Envelope and Things

Rebecca Hill

in The Interval

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823237241
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240708 | DOI:
The Aporia between Envelope and Things

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Irigaray's “Place, interval” from An Ethics of Sexual Difference is the focus of this chapter. Her essay resumes the critical description of Aristotle that she began in “How to conceive of a girl?” in Speculum of the Other Woman. Where Irigaray's first essay stops short of proposing a way to figure a concept of difference as the threshold for a non-hierarchical sexuate relation, “Place, interval” directly affirms the interval as the opening between woman and man, through which their relationship and their identities as sexed subjects are articulated. While Irigaray's account of the relation between woman and man is presented in terms of heterosexual carnality, it is argued that her figuration of sexuate subjects is not reducible to heterosexuality. This chapter suggests that her project has important implications for lesbian, gay, and queer carnalities. The final section argues that Irigaray's radicalization of Aristotle goes beyond a theory of sexed inter-subjectivity; she posits a new conceptualization of the matter—form relation that emerges from the interval.

Keywords: Irigaray; Aristotle; place; interval; sexual difference; carnality; matter; form

Chapter.  12959 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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