ELIZABETH GROSZ VOLATILE BODIES TOWARD A CORPOREAL FEMINISM PDF

I believe this work will be a landmark in future feminist thinking. It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but sets a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the status of the body. Volatile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: biology or nature is not opposed to or in conflict with culture. Human biology is inherently social and has no pure or natural "origin" outside of culture. Being the raw material of social and cultural organization, it is "incomplete" and thus subject to the endless rewriting and social inscription that constitute all sign systems. These thinkers are not providing an account of "human" corporeality but of male corporeality.

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Access options available:. Book Reviews85 Instead, there was an increasing, visible barrier between women and radical revolutionary politics. Dena Goodman's book, well presented and extremely well documented, introduces provocative explanations for the failure of the Enlightenment and provides much food for thought. Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Challenging the "profound somatophobia" 5 of traditional philosophy, Grosz privileges the body as "the very 'stuff' of subjectivity" ix.

She collapses both the mind-body hierarchy and conventional oppositions between nature and culture by arguing that the body is "a cultural, the cultural product" While conceding that biology is not "infinitely pliable" , she sets out to rescue the body from the fallacy of pseudonaturalism, claiming that "cultural inscriptions quite literally constitute bodies We cannot posit the existence of a precultural body or understand sexual difference as unmediated biological fact since "[t]here is no natural body to return to" outside cultural production Volatile Bodies offers some intricate entanglements with theories of subjectivity drawn from a wide terrain.

The first half of this densely written book explores psychological, neurological, and phenomenological perspectives on the "psychical structuring" of the subject's "corporeal exterior"; the second half discusses the body as a surface socially inscribed in ways that "generate a psychical interiority" Many configurations of the mindbody relation are played out as Grosz engages in an interrogative, often antagonistic dialogue with the "fathers" of contemporary thought.

She demonstrates that their theories are tacitly predicated on the male body, even when they ostensibly focus on femininity. Thus the body demands to be reclaimed by feminism, partly because it foregrounds the question of sexual difference, and partly because, as the "threshold or borderline concept that hovers perilously and undecidably at the pivotal point of binary pairs" 23 , it yields so readily to deconstruction. This figure also mirrors the organization of the text, which broadly shifts from interiority to exteriority, or from psychic depth to corporeal surfaces, but always with a view to collapsing or at least complicating these distinctions.

The early chapters trace the body's central significance in psychoanalytic accounts of subjectivity. Grosz emphasizes the "radical inseparability of 86Rocky Mountain Review biological from psychical elements" 85 ; for if the mind can be seen as an "introjection" of the body and its meanings , organic processes are in turn deeply susceptible to cultural signification, resulting in "a complete plasticity in the body's compliance with sexual meanings" Femininity is notoriously defined by Freud and Lacan as the state of castration: Grosz takes this notion of the missing part in a new direction when she connects Schilder's work on the phantom limb—a phenomenon observed in almost all removed body parts—with such female disorders as hysteria, hypochondria, and anorexia, the last of which represents "a kind of mourning for a preOedipal i.

Neurological and psychological breakdowns manifest the astonishing complexity of body-mind relations and generate some startling but intriguing speculation: for example, "Do women have a phantom phallus? The role of perception or "bodyimage " as a mediating agent in the mind-body opposition is further explored in a discussion of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology as the source for Irigary's writings on fluidity, femininity, and touch.

Grosz gives some compelling readings of philosophers who construct the body as a writing surface open to cultural markings. Deleuze's anti-humanism is validated for its emphasis on multiplicity and metamorphosis, on becoming, and specifically on "becoming-woman"; this offers the most promising possibilities for the kinds of radical re-presentations that feminism needs. Grosz ends by Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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Elizabeth Grosz: Volatile bodies; Toward a Corporeal Feminism

It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of t. It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but sets a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the status of the body. Volatile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: biology or nature is not opposed to or in conflict with culture. Human biology is inherently social and has no pure or natural "origin" outside of culture. Being the raw material of social and cultural organization, it is "incomplete" and thus subject to the endless rewriting and social inscription that constitute all sign systems.

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Access options available:. Book Reviews85 Instead, there was an increasing, visible barrier between women and radical revolutionary politics. Dena Goodman's book, well presented and extremely well documented, introduces provocative explanations for the failure of the Enlightenment and provides much food for thought. Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press,

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