Arguing With the Phallus: Feminist, Queer and Postcolonial by Jan Campbell

By Jan Campbell

What can psychoanalysis supply modern arguments within the fields of Feminism, Queer concept and Post-Colonialism? Jan Campbell introduces and analyses the best way that psychoanalysis has built and made difficult versions of subjectivity associated with problems with sexuality, ethnicity, gender, and historical past. through discussions of such influential and numerous figures as Lacan, Irigaray, Kristeva, Dollimore, Bhabha, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker, Campbell makes use of psychoanalysis as a mediatory device in a variety of debates around the human sciences, whereas additionally arguing for a metamorphosis of psychoanalytic idea itself.

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Feminine identity exemplifies this disruptive unconscious: it figures the problematic nature of desire; the way gender is constantly disrupted; and how the symbolic in turn is not universally fixed, but always susceptible to flux. Rose's more radical reading of Lacan is made through her focus on the imaginary, rather than the symbolic - although, as I will show, Rose's analysis accounts for the negative difficulty of the feminine in terms of a phallic symbolic, but does not suggest, as Irigaray does, a more transformative politics built on a more bodily imaginary.

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Until recently, this history has been difficult to chart because in the main it has not been written by mothers. In Western society motherhood has been relegated to the private and domestic sphere, and associated with the segregation of differing sexes into opposing spheres. The middle-class idealisation of mothers, illustrated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the eighteenth century, is followed through in the nineteenth-century 'angel in the house'. Mothers as pure spiritual guardians of the family were denied frivolous, feminine sexuality; instead they were seen as strong.

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