Feminist Amnesia: The Wake of Women's Liberation

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Feminist Amnesia is an important challenge to contemporary academic feminism. Jean Curthoys argues that the intellectual decline of university arts education and the loss of a deep moral commitment in feminism are related phenomena. The contradiction set up by the radical ideas of the 1960s, and institutionalised life of many of its protagonists in the academy has produced a special kind of intellectual distortion.
This book criticises current trends in feminist theory from the perspective of forgotten and allegedly outdated feminist ideas. Jean Curthroys show that much contemporary feminist theory, like much of today's radical thought, is muddled. The 'forgotten' theory of Women's Liberation was, she argues, deeply oppositional and moral. The repression of this theory has led to distortions, most notabley in the preoccupation with binary oppositions.
Jean Curthoys argues that where Women's Liberation was once radical, much of contemporary feminist thought hides behind obscurantism, and has become conservative and orthodox. These controversial ideas will be keenly debated by all those involved in womens's studies, feminist theory and moral philosophy.

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Ms. Curthoys is penetrating, sure-footed and original; I know very few people who could approach this level of sophistication. The care and detail of the argument, combined with knowledge and insight, is really most impressive.
–Janet Radcliffe Richards, Open University

This forceful and impressive book surely goes to the root of what is wrong, not just with recent feminist theory but with important elements of 'postmodern' theorizing generally. Read it!.
–Mary Midgley

..the most valuable insight Curthoys offers is the reminder that sometimes success can be as difficult to manage as failure... Feminist Amnesia is full of surprising turns.
–Juliet A Williams, Women & Politics

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