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Winner, Gleebooks Prize for Cultural and Literary Criticism, NSW Premier's Awards, 1995 Volatile Bodies is based on a risky wager: that all the effects of subjectivitiy, psychological depth and interiority can be refigured in terms of bodies and surfaces. It uses, transforms and subverts the work of a number of distinguished male theorists of the body (Freud, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Schilder, Nietzsche, Foucault, Lingis and Deleuze) who, while freeing the body from its subordination to the mind, are nonetheless unable to accomodate the specificities of women's bodies. Volatile Bodies explores various dissonances in thinking the relation between mind and body. It investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms - psychosis, hypochondria, neurological disturbances, perversions and sexual deviation - and most particularly the enigmatic status of body fluids, and the female body.
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Elizabeth Grosz is one of Australia's best-known feminist theorists and currently teaches in Philosophy, Women's Studies and Critical Theory at Monash University in Melbourne. She is the author of Sexual Subversions: Three French feminists and Jacques Lacan: A feminist introduction, and editor of six collections of feminist theory.Review:
"... one of the best cultural studies books on theories of the body." - Passion " ... Grosz writes a thorough and philosophically well-crafted prolegomenon for a new corporeal feminism." - Signs "Working through an impressive range of theories, it raises important questions and ventures into new terrain which invites further exploration."- Rocky Mountain Review " ... a must-read for feminist scholars and for any serious scholar of the body." - Review "Volatile Bodies is an enlightening and critically significant addition to feminist discussions of embodiment, sexuality, and difference." - Masculinities "This is a lucidly written study, which sets out debates clearly for those not familiar with the field, while being impressive in its erudition." - Radical Philosophy "This is a text of rare erudition and intellectual force. It will not only introduce feminist to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but set a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the body." - Judith Butler "Because it both offers arms for counterviolence and a sharply critical read of the philosophical foundations of much of the new critical work in anthropology, the book is highly recommended ..." - American Anthropologist Elizabeth Grosz examines the corporeal experiences unique to women- menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, menopause- to lay the groundwork for new theories of sexed corporeality.
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994. Softcover (with flaps). Condition: Very Good. First Australian Edition. Size: 23cm x 15cm. 250 pages. Book is in Very Good condition, by which we mean it has light marks of age and/or wear from light handling, but is still a desirable copy. Light foxing to outside edges of text block. Shelf and edge wear to covers. Slight discolouration to spine. Text contains some marks and notes in pencil. Shipped Weight: .5 kilos. ISBN: 1863734155. ISBN/EAN: 9781863734158. Seller Inventory # 0007405
Book Description Allen & Unwin Sydney 1994, 1994. 23 x 15.5cm, 248pp, softcover in French flaps, good+ Grosz challenges Freud, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault et al by accommodating the specificities of women's bodies in philosophy's mind-body debates. Seller Inventory # 156045
Book Description Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, 1994. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. xvi+250pp., Pictorial full colour illustrated covers with french flaps- light fading to spine, intro., notes, bibliog., index. Volatile Bodies explores various dissonances in thinking the relation between mind and body. It investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms- psychosis, hypochondria, neurological disturbances, perversions and sexual deviation- and most particularly the enigmatic status of body fluids, and the female body. Size: Quarto. Book. Seller Inventory # 001478
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1994. Paperback. Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May include supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Seller Inventory # mon0001359900
Book Description Allen and Unwin, 1994. Paperback. Condition: Used; Very Good. Fast Dispatch. Expedited UK Delivery Available. Excellent Customer Service. Seller Inventory # BBI2458042