Nothing Mat(T)ers: A Feminist Critique of Postmodernism

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"An eloquent work. Somer Brodribb not only gives us a feminist critique of postmodernism with its masculinist predeterminants in existentialism, its Freudian footholdings and its Sadean values, but in the very form and texture of the critique, she literally creates new discourse in feminist theory. Brodribb has transcended not only postmodernism but its requirement that we speak in its voice even when criticizing it. She creates a language that is at once poetic and powerfully analytical. Her insistent and compelling radical critique refuses essentialism--from both masculinist thinkers and their women followers. She demystifies postmodernism to reveal that it and its antecedents represent yet another mundane version of patriarchal politics. Ultimately Brodribb returns us to feminist theory with the message that we must refuse to be derivative and continue to originate theory and politics from the condition of women under male domination."
--Kathleen Barry, author of Female Sexual Slavery
An iconoclastic work brilliantly undertaken, demystifying a French literary mode in which the sexism of the content is hidden behind the worship of its own discourse . . . While she will certainly cause a lot of trouble in 'le petit monde parisien,' Nothing Mat(t)ers has magnificently shown that "postmodernism is the cultural capital of late patriarchy. It is the art of self- display, the conceit of masculine self and the science of reproductive and genetic engineering in an ecstatic Nietzschean cycle of statis."
--Andree Michel
Nothing Mat(t)ers encapsulates in its title the valuelessness of the current academic fad of postmodernism. Somer Brodribb has written a brave and witty book demolishing the gods and goddesses of postmodernism by deconstructing their method and de-centering their subjects and, in the process, has deconstructed deconstructionism and decentered decentering! This is a long-awaited and much-needed book from a tough- minded, embodied, and unflinching scholar."
--Janice Raymond

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Somer Brodribb taught feminist theory and politics at Canadian Universities in the 1990s. Her experience of backlash is outlined in 'The Equity Franchise', CCLOW, Women's Education, 1996, and is the focus of Dorothy Smith's chapter 'Texts and Repression' in Writing the Social, 1999.
One of her best political articles is about establishing a shelter: 'Winonah's' in Resources for Feminist Research, September, 1988.
She now lives in England, and her short fiction has appeared in The Sandhopper Lover 2008, produced by the Welsh publisher, Cinnamon Press, in Momaya's Annual Review 2011, and in The French Literary Review, 2012.

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Chapter 1 charts the personal and political context of the `prophets of prick and prattle' through the accounts by their contemporaries, anti-fascist writers Simone de Beauvoir and Maria-Antoinetta Macciocchi. A history of definitions and categories presents structuralism, poststructuralism, deconstruction and postmodernism. The central mood of fin-de-siecle crisis and melancholy is considered in terms of a relegitimation of masculine dominance and indifference. Dematerialization of creativity and the disconnection of community are raised in relation to female sacrifice.

Chapter 2 considers feminist encounters with structuralism. The potency of absence in the work of Levi-Strauss and Sartre is discussed in terms of masculine orientations to form and content, subjectivity and substance. The centrality of nothing, nothingness and neutrality springs from masculine temporality and temporizing.

Chapter 3 introduces Foucault's rejection of Sartre's dialectical and historical formulations and concerns with authenticity. The originality of Foucault's contributions, and feminist responses to his work, are evaluated. Foucault's epistemology of annihilation as the order of things is related to Nietzsche's work on chaos, space, and the masculine feminine.

In Chapter 4, Derrida and Foucault warn of the shame of origin, and their debate on madness, anteriority and reason is posed in this context. Derrida's fixation with dissemination and de/meaning versus conception and new embodiment is a central theme...

Chapter 5 contrasts the work of Lacan and Irigaray on ethics in terms of the absence and presence of the Other. Lacan's morbid phallic lack is repudiated by Irigaray's divine, mystic healing of sexual difference through an amorous birth. The flaws in Irigaray's position are elucidated. Current Anglo-American feminist psychoanalytic criticism, and the strategies of the bearded woman are critiqued.

Chapter 6 points to the postmodern genesis of immateriality, and argues that Dionysian delirium is another mask of masculinist reason. The articulation of creativity and murder in de Sade and Lacan is central to postmodern possession. A discussion of de Beauvoir, O'Brien and other feminist work attempts to illuminate the feminist potential to make sense.

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