Figures-of-Resistance-Essays-in-Feminist-Theory by Teresa de Lauretis, Patricia White

By Teresa de Lauretis, Patricia White

The altering face of feminist discourse as mirrored by way of the profession of 1 of its preeminent scholars

Figures of Resistance brings jointly the unpublished lectures and little-seen essays of the world over well known theorist Teresa de Lauretis, spanning over 20 years of her most interesting paintings. Thirty years after the peak of feminist conception, this assortment invitations us to mirror at the heritage of feminism and take a troublesome examine the place it stands at the present time. chosen essays comprise "Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation," "The entice of the Mannish Lesbian," "Eccentric Subjects," "Habit Changes," "The Intractability of Desire," and the unpublished article "Figures of Resistance." An creation from feminist movie pupil Patricia White offers an summary of the improvement of de Lauretis's idea and of feminist thought over earlier decades.

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His project, however, ran against the homoerotic sexual ethos and practices of the citizens of classical Athens, "accustomed as they . so . · Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation · were to holding one another to an aggressively phallic norm of sexual co nd uct-and, consequently, to an ethic of sexual domination in their relation s with males and females alike" ( I 3 3 ). For an adult male citizen o f A thens could have legitimate sexual relations only with his social inferiors: boys, women, foreigners, and slaves.

Written initially as a contribution to the catalogue of Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn, an �nternational exhibition of art by women at the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts 1� Vienna, 1 9 8 5. First published in the present, expanded version, and with the title "Aesthetic and Feminist Theory: Rethinking Women's Cinema," in New German Critique 3 4 (Winter 1 9 8 5 ) . 47 . Chapter 2 Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation If it were not lesbian, this text would make no sense. -Nicole Brossard, L'Amer T here is a sense in which lesbian identity could be assumed, spoken, and articulated conceptually as political through femi­ nism-and, current debates to wit, against feminism; in particu­ lar through and against the feminist critique of the Western discourse on love and sexuality, and therefore, to begin with, the rereading of psychoanalysis as a theory of sexuality and sexual difference.

A single practice and representation of the sexual. " 1 Within the conceptual frame of that sexual indifference, female desire for the self­ same, an other female self, cannot be recognized. "That a woman might desire a woman 'like' herself, someone of the 'same' sex, that she might also have auto- and homosexual appetites, is simply incomprehensible" in the phallic regime of an asserted sexual difference between man and woman which is predicated on the contrary, on a complete indifference for the "other" sex, woman's.

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