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In Praise of Difference: The Emergence of a Global Feminism

Darcy de Oliveira, Rosiska

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ISBN 10: 0813525578 / ISBN 13: 9780813525570
Published by Rutgers University Press, 1998
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Title: In Praise of Difference: The Emergence of a ...

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition:Good

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Rosiska Darcy de Oliveira is arguably the most influential and visible feminist in Brazil. The emergence of the feminine as a paradigm for social change constitutes the landscape of her essay In Praise of Difference.

Twentieth-century intellectual thought has eroded the foundations of Western culture—education, science, politics, economics, and social relations—and challenged the dialectic of the masculine and feminine, the public and the private, the political and the personal. As the end of the century draws near, Darcy de Oliveira sees women entangled in a search for identity that, paradoxically, takes them back to the very tradition of nurturing that has been used throughout history to demarcate their boundaries and restrict their access to the public sphere. Women are subjected to a dual message—to become a man while remaining a woman—and they are confronted with impossible odds: to be simultaneously themselves and the Other.

Darcy de Oliveira argues that the repression of feminine culture and the rejection of its input to the remaking of civilization will impoverish humankind. She sees the task and responsibility of women to be the full expression of their own history, culture, and life experience, thus enabling humankind to regain its undeniable richness. Only through recognition and acceptance of such difference without hierarchy will gender equality be achieved.

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De Oliveira is the president of the Brazilian National Council on Women's Rights and professor of literary studies at the Catholic Univerisity of Rio de Janeiro.

Sharpe is associate professor of Portuguese and women's studies at the University of Illinois.

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