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Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray
Language, Origin, Art, Love
Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray
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Gail M. Schwab - Editor
SUNY series in Gender Theory
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 382 pages
Release Date: April 2020
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7781-7

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Paperback - 382 pages
Release Date: January 2021
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7782-4

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A broad exploration of Irigaray’s philosophy of life and living.

Featuring a highly accessible essay from Irigaray herself, this volume explores her philosophy of life and living. Life-thinking, an important contemporary trend in philosophy and in women’s and gender studies, stands in contrast to philosophy’s traditional grounding in death, exemplified in the work of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Schopenhauer. The contributors to Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray consider Irigaray’s criticisms of the traditional Western philosophy of death, including its either-or dualisms and binary logic, as well as some of Irigaray’s “solutions” for cultivating life. The book is comprehensive in its analyses of Irigaray’s relationship to classical and contemporary philosophers, writers, and artists, and produces extremely fruitful intersections between Irigaray and figures as diverse as Homer and Plato; Alexis Wright, the First-Nations novelist of Australia; and twentieth-century French philosophers like Sartre, Badiou, Deleuze, and Guattari. It also develops Irigaray’s relationship to the arts, with essays on theater, poetry, architecture, sculpture, and film.

“This is a very timely text; it places Irigaray scholarship in conversation with the lively field of feminist philosophies of life, and this is a really wonderful, fruitful match. The collection itself contains many marvelous pieces. Luce Irigaray’s essay is strong and pithy—she reiterates a number of her important ideas, in accessible language, and places them in the context of pertinent questions in feminism.” — Sabrina L. Hom, coeditor of Thinking with Irigaray

Gail M. Schwab is Special Assistant to the Provost and Professor Emerita of French at Hofstra University. The author of many articles on Luce Irigaray’s philosophy, she is also the translator of several works by Irigaray, including To Speak Is Never Neutral.

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Table of Contents


Part I. Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray

Introduction: Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray: Language, Origin, Art, Love
Gail M. Schwab

How Could We Achieve Women’s Liberation?
Luce Irigaray

Part II. Life In and Through Nature, Desire, Freedom, and Love

The Re-Enchanted Garden: Participatory Sentience and Becoming-Subject in “Third Space”
Cheryl Lynch-Lawler

Thinking Life through the Early Greeks
Kristin Sampson

Between Her and Her: Place and Relations between Women in Irigaray and Wright
Rebecca Hill

Nature, Culture, and Sexuate Difference in Luce Irigaray’s Pluralist Model of Embodied Life
Erla Karlsdottir and Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir

Between Heidegger’s Poetic Thinking and Deleuzian Affect: Irigaray’s The Way of Love
Ellen Mortensen

Time for Love: Plato and Irigaray on Erotic Relations
Fanny Söderbäck

Life-Giving Sex versus Mere Animal Existence: Irigaray’s and Badiou’s Paradoxically Chiasmatic Conceptions of “Woman” and Sexual Pleasure
Louise Burchill

Freedom, Desire, and the Other: Reading Sartre with Irigaray
Gail M. Schwab

Daughters, Difference, and Irigaray’s Economy of Desire
Phyllis H. Kaminski

Part III. Revitalizing History, Philosophy, Pedagogy, and the Arts

The Age of the Spirit: Irigaray, Apocalypse, and the Trinitarian View of History
Emily A. Holmes

Tragedy: An Irigarayan Approach
Alison Stone

The Ethics of Elemental Passions in Eugene Guillevic and Luce Irigaray
Eva Maria Korsisaari

Deconstruction, Defiguration, Disconcertion: On Reading Speculum de l’autre femme with Derrida and Lacan
Anne van Leeuwen

Dewey and Irigaray on Education and Democracy: The Classroom, the Ineffable, and Recognition
Tomoka Toraiwa

Discursive Desire and the Student Imaginary
Karen Schiler

Building Sexuate Architectures of Sustainability
Peg Rawes

Habitats for Desire: Sculptural Gestures toward Sexuate Living
Britt-Marie Schiller

The Feminist Distance: Space in Luce Irigaray and Jane Campion’s The Piano
Caroline Godart

List of Contributors

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