Volatile Bodies is based on a risky wager: that all the effects of subjectivity, psychological depth and inferiority can be refigured in terms of bodies and surfaces. The book explores various dissonances in thinking the relation between mind and body. It investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms. In Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism, Elizabeth Grosz reexamines canonical philosophers and theorists and their thoughts on the.

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Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism

Book Reviews85 Instead, there was an increasing, visible barrier between women and radical revolutionary politics. Oct 30, Jenn McCollum rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. It will not only introduce feminist to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but set a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the body.


Grosz has spent her career delving in and bringing it all together. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Volxtile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: Erica rated it really liked it Sep 18, The early chapters trace the body’s central significance in psychoanalytic accounts of subjectivity. Elizabeth rated it liked it Jul 12, Refiguring Bodies Part II. Inshe moved to Monash University to the department of comparative literature. Want to Read saving…. Grosz takes this notion of the missing part in a new direction when she connects Schilder’s work on the phantom limb—a phenomenon observed in almost all removed body parts—with such female disorders volatlie hysteria, hypochondria, and anorexia, the last of which represents “a kind of mourning for a preOedipal i.

Overall, this dense and insightful book has well worth the inclusion on my list. Three French feminists and Jacques Lacan: It uses, transforms and subverts the work of a number of distinguished male theorists of the body Freud, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Schilder, Hrosz investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms – psychosis, hypochondria, neurological disturbances, perversions and sexual deviation – and most particularly the gfosz status of body fluids, and the female body.


Min Mae rated it really liked it Jan 05, Many configurations of the mindbody relation are played out as Grosz engages in an interrogative, often antagonistic dialogue with the “fathers” of contemporary thought. Toward a Corporeal Feminism Elizabeth A. Grosz’s reading of Merleau-Ponty is so engaging it leads one to want to read the original; Merlau-Ponty might be better know to readers of Fanon — which is why it vrosz curious that for all of her investigation of the body obdies an “inscriptive text,” Grosz fails to pay any attention to race on pretty much any level of her reading of “women.

Grosz gives some compelling readings of philosophers who construct the body as a writing surface open to cultural markings. In particular, I am fascinated by the mobius strip metaphor and the textualization and marking of the body as an explanation for how I think about bodies in an information science context.

Volatile Bodies offers some intricate entanglements with theories of subjectivity drawn from a wide terrain.

Through living the body. Grosz emphasizes the “radical inseparability of 86Rocky Mountain Review biological from psychical elements” 85 ; for if the mind can be seen as an “introjection” of the body and its meaningsorganic processes are in turn deeply susceptible to cultural signification, resulting in “a complete plasticity in the body’s compliance with sexual meanings” Lesley rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Her examination of female experience lays the groundwork for developing theories of sexed corporeality rather than merely hodies flawed models of male theorists.

This is also a way to introduce potential geographers and socio-technical scholars to feminist developments of body. In terms of mainstream feminist thought prior to the over taking of the field by J.

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Grosz writes a thorough and philosophically well-crafted prolegomenon for a new corporeal feminism. I believe this work will be a eoizabeth in future feminist thinking. Volatile Bodies is based on a risky wager: Sep 26, Alexander Smith rated it it was amazing. Introduction and Acknowledgments Part I. It uses, transforms and subverts the work of a number of distinguished male theorists of volafile body Elizaneth, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Schilder, Nietzsche, Foucault, Lingis and Deleuze who, while freeing the body from its subordination to the mind, are nonetheless unable to accomodate the specificities of women’s bodies.


I look forward to reading more of Grosz. Trivia About Volatile Bodies: Grosz Limited preview – Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. Jillian rated it it was amazing Nov 11, Human biology is inherently social and has no pure or natural “origin” outside of culture.

I believe this work will be a landmark in future feminist thinking. Michael Parker rated it really liked it Feb 10, Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. She has such an incredible way of pushing the envelope of ways of thinking about the self, the body, or the world yet she can also break complexities down to bite-able bits.

Volahile to this book Enlightened Women: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I am also incredibly moved by her positivistic approach, and her aim volati,e explore the female body, not just in complex terms, but positive ones.

She writes from a feminist perspective but the interest of these issues is universal. Deleuze’s anti-humanism is validated for its emphasis on multiplicity and metamorphosis, on becoming, and specifically on “becoming-woman”; this offers the most promising possibilities for the kinds of radical re-presentations that feminism needs.