Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycholinguist, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. She is best known for her works Speculum of the Other Woman () and. The Canon: Speculum of the Other Woman. By Luce Irigaray. September 10, Share on twitter · Share on facebook · Share on linkedin · Share on whatsapp. Speculum of the Other Woman: Luce Irigaray: Speculum de l’autre femme ( ; Speculum of the Other Woman), which was highly critical of Freudian and.

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Interesting discussion of strategic essentialism. This occurs in the mirror stage at roughly six months. How much effort would it be to always be aware of this?

Men, Irigaray asserts, have been using their phalluses since Paleolithic times as a metaphorical club to bash women into subservience.

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An Ethics of Sexual Difference also discusses the elision of the feminine, but specifically from the perspective of ethical relationships between men and women. Theory and Practice Chris Barker No preview available – Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Karen Green – – Hypatia 17 4: This type of mimesis is also known as strategic essentialism.

Exclusive Ethics Irigaray’s view of ethics is criticized because she describes the quintessential ethical relationship using a man and a woman. In exchange for giving up this fantasy-which the Father speculkm of the child in the Oedipus complex-the infant gains his or her own relationship to the Phallus.

Luce Irigaray (1932?—)

Between these two sections is “Speculum”–ten meditative, widely ranging, and freely associational essays, each concerned with an aspect of the history of Western philosophy in its relation to woman, in which Irigaray explores woman’s essential difference from man. Zeus conspires with his brother and, in effect, gives his daughter away without consulting either Persephone or Demeter.


Mimesis, strategic essentialism, utopian ideals, and employing novel language, are but some of the methods central to changing contemporary culture.

Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray is incontestably one of the most important works in feminist theory to have been published in this generation.

Novel Language and Utopian Ideals While the goal of mimesis is to problematize the male definition of femininity to such a degree that a new definition of and, ultimately, an embodied subject position for women can emerge, Irigaray says in her earlier work that she will not prescribe in advance either the definition or the subject position.

This text is a complex engagement with the history of philosophy and psychoanalytic theory. Irigaray alleges that women have been traditionally associated with matter and nature to the expense of a female subject position. Irigaray argues that objects of value, such as the sun or God, are typically marked with the masculine gender while less important objects are feminine.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books specullum want to read. One person found this helpful. So I’ll be brief and, as iribaray my wont, simplistic. Sep 17, Red rated it really liked it Shelves: Philosophy Irigaray is also influenced by her extensive study of the history of philosophy.

Remember me on this computer. It’s one of those books where you have to read a paragraph or even a sentence and then put it down and think about it until your head wants to fall off, but you know, it was worth it. Irigaray argues that, since ancient times, mothers have been associated with nature and unthinking matter. Losing her job as a college professor merely due to her upsetting the psychoanalytic tenets of Freud and Lacan did not deter her from devalorizing this masculine-centered phallocentrism that had been shackling women since Plato.


I think some people find Luce Irigaray annoying, but she is probably my favorite feminist author.

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It is no surprise that detailed biographical information about Irigaray is limited and that different accounts conflict. Mitchell, Juliet and Jacqueline Rose.

Rather, she is employing her strategy of mimesis. I’m a badass that way. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. She never got to that ex plication, instead spent the whole book censuring tradition. Irigaray’s reasons for this designation are revealed in Speculum of the Other Woman where she demonstrates how philosophy-since Ancient times-has articulated fundamental epistemological, ontological, and metaphysical truths from a male perspective that excludes women.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. She concluded that general speech patterns specific to each sex do exist and that women often do not occupy the subject position in language. However, she also criticizes Derrida’s deconstruction of the category “woman” see Derrida’s Spurs in Marine Lover.

Jun 27, Haley rated it it was amazing. Whitford writes about the psychoanalytic influence on Irigaray’s work. Jan 23, Robert Wood rated it really liked it.