... Fraser and Bartky have brought the encounter between U.S. and French feminism to a new level of seriousness."-Ethics
In the last decade, elements of French feminist discourse have permeated and transformed the larger feminist culture in the United States. This volume is the first sustained attempt to revalue French feminism and answer the question: What has been gained and what has been lost as a result of this intercultural encounter?
Interviews with Simone de Beauvoir open the book; essays by French feminists Sarah Kofman and Luce Irigaray follow; the North American contributors are Judith Butler, Nancy Fraser, Diana J. Fuss, Nancy J. Holland, Eleanor H. Kuykendall, Dorothy Leland, Diana T. Meyers, Andrea Nye, and Margaret A. Simons.
Introduction: Nancy Fraser Two Interviews with Simone de Beauvoir: Margaret A. Simons Introduction to Kofman's "Rousseau's Phallocratic Ends": Nancy J. Holland Rousseau's Phallocratic Ends: Sarah Kofman Introduction to "Sorcerer Love" by Luce Irigaray: Eleanor H. Kuykendall Sorcerer Love: A Reading of Plato's Symposium, Diotima's Speech: Luce Irigaray Diotima's Speech: Luce Irigaray The Hidden Host: Irigaray and Diotima at Plato's Symposium: Andrea Nye Essentially Speaking: Luce Irigaray's Language of Essence: Diana J. Fuss Lacanian Psychoanalysis and Frech Feminism: Toward an Adequate Political Psychology: Dorothy Leland The Subversion of Women's Agency in Psychoanalytic Feminism: Chodorow, Flax, Kristeva: Diana T. Myers The Body Politics of Julia Kristeva Judith Butler The Uses and Abuses of French Discourse Theories for Feminist Politics: Nancy Fraser Contributors Index