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Offers essays demonstrating the critical relevance of Irigaray’s thought of sexual difference for addressing contemporary ethical and social issues.
Engaging the World explores Luce Irigaray’s writings on sexual difference, deploying the resources of her work to rethink philosophical concepts and commitments and expose new possibilities of vitality in relationship to nature, others, and to one’s self. The contributors present a range of perspectives from multiple disciplines such as philosophy, literature, education, evolutionary theory, sound technology, science and technology, anthropology, and psychoanalysis. They place Irigaray in conversation with thinkers as diverse as Charles Darwin, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Gilles Deleuze, René Decartes, and Avital Ronell. While every essay challenges Irigaray’s thought in some way, each one also reveals the transformative effects of her thought across multiple domains of contemporary life.
Mary C. Rawlinson is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. She is the coeditor (with Ellen K. Feder and Emily Zakin) of Derrida and Feminism: Recasting the Question of Woman and (with Sabrina L. Hom and Serene J. Khader) of Thinking with Irigaray, also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
Introduction Mary C. Rawlinson
I. TIME, SPACE, AND THE UNIVERSAL
In Search for the Mother Through the Looking Glass: On Time, Origins, and Beginnings in Plato and Irigaray Fanny Söderbäck
Place, Interval: Irigaray and Ronell Rebecca Hill
Further Speculations: Time and Difference in Speculum de l’autre femme Anne van Leeuwen
Game Change: Philosophy after Irigaray Mary C. Rawlinson
II. LANGUAGE, ART, AND WRITING
Irigaray and Kristeva on Anguish in Art Elaine P. Miller
A Love Letter from Beyond the Grave: Irigaray, Nothingness and La femme n’existe pas Claire Potter
Wonder and Écriture: Descartes and Irigaray, Writing at Intervals Perry Zurn
Creating Inter-Sexuate Inter-Subjectivity in the Classroom? Luce Irigaray’s Linguistic Research in Its Latest Iteration Gail Schwab
III. SCIENCE, CULTURE, AND TECHNOLOGY
Irigaray and Darwin on Sexual Difference: Some Reflections Elizabeth Grosz
What Kind of Science? Reading Irigaray with Stengers Margherita Long
Toward a Feminist Epistemology of Sound: Refiguring Waves in Audio-Technical Discourse Tara Rodgers
Luce Irigaray and Anthropological Thought Mary Beth Mader
IV. PSYCHOANALYSIS IN PRACTICE
Desire at the Threshold: “Vulvar Logic” and Intimacy between Two Cheryl Lynch Lawler
Gendering Drives: Amae, Philotes, and the Forgotten Mystery of Female Ancestry Britt-Marie Schiller
Psychoanalysis and Yoga: The Feminine and the Unconscious between East and West Sara Beardsworth