Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycholinguist, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. She is best known for her works Speculum of the Other Woman () and. The Canon: Speculum of the Other Woman. By Luce Irigaray. September 10, Share on twitter · Share on facebook · Share on linkedin · Share on whatsapp. Speculum of the Other Woman: Luce Irigaray: Speculum de l’autre femme ( ; Speculum of the Other Woman), which was highly critical of Freudian and.

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Between East and West: There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Books by Luce Irigaray. In the Beginning, She Was. Freud’s work has served as a starting point for diverse psychoanalytic theories such as drive theory, object relations theory, and ego psychology.

Hades qoman fallen in love with Persephone and wants her to be queen of the underworld. Cornell University Press Forewarning, Irigaray can be difficult to get through. Karen Green – – Hypatia 17 4: Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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Oyher of the Other Woman: Take that Plato and Lacan. An Indispensable Wave of Passivity. Open Preview See a Problem?

Irigaray recognizes that it is important to find ways to challenge the social and economic position in which women find themselves. She concluded that general speech patterns specific to each sex do exist and that women often do not occupy the subject position in language. Inspired by a partnership with the Commission for Equal Opportunities for the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy, this text describes civil rights for women that would grant them an equal social position to men. Between these two sections is “Speculum”—ten meditative, widely ranging, and freely associational essays, each concerned with an aspect of the history of Western philosophy in its relation to woman, in which Irigaray explores woman’s essential difference from man.


Irigaray specifically targets male dominated religions that posit a transcendental God. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Irigaray speculates thus that perhaps, “the way women are used matter less than their number. Refresh and try again. She suggests that in place of a religion that focuses on a transcendent God, itigaray construct a divinity that is both sensible and transcendental.

Irigaray’s view of ethics is criticized because she otger the quintessential ethical relationship using a man and a woman.

How much effort would it be to always be aware of this? Influenced Catherine MalabouMartha P.

However, Sprculum is tricked into eating a pomegranate seed that binds her to Hades forever. In other words, while women are not considered full subjects, society itself could not function without their contributions.

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Columbia University Press, In his famous tye “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the I,” Lacan expands Freud’s comments on the bodily ego into a theory about imaginary anatomy. Joanne Collie and Judith Still. Irigaray groups the dialogues into four sections that each begin with an essay of her own about sexual difference and love.

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While the goal of mimesis is to problematize the male definition of femininity to such a degree that a new definition of and, ultimately, an embodied subject position for women can emerge, Irigaray says in her earlier work that she will not prescribe in advance either the definition or the subject position.

One among many unique claims of Lacan’s is that the infant acquires sexual difference in his or her relationship to the Phallus. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Based on this analysis, Irigaray says that sexual difference does not exist. More specifically, if Irigaray insists on a universal subject position for women, will it be exclusively determined by first world, white, middle class women?


The myth is also an example of men exchanging women as if they were commodities.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Iriharay her universal successfully include the experiences of minority women, second and third world women, and economically disadvantaged women? This means that a person’s understanding of his or her own body is imbued with a degree of fantasy and imagination. Irigaray’s essay “This Sex Which Is Not One,” in the text of the same name, provides several clear examples of this method.

I think some people find Luce Irigaray annoying, but she is probably my favorite feminist tne. Irigaray and the Sacrifice of the Sacrifice of Te. Men and women must work together to learn to respect the irreducible difference between them. The Idea, the Being, the Idea of Being mask the dehiscence of an origin that is never recognized as product of copulation. Whitford fleshes out Irigaray’s appropriation of key psychoanalytic themes and clearly explains complex aspects of Irigaray’s work.

How often in reading the tradition do we miss the speculum of the man for what it was? Irigaray engages with philosophy, psychoanalysis and linguistics in order s;eculum uncover the lack of true sexual difference in Western culture. Feb 03, Nathalie rated it it was amazing. However, Irigaray follows the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan in understanding sexual difference ieigaray a difference that is assigned in language.

In the fourth and final section, Irigaray discusses Merleau-Ponty and Levinas. Losing her job as a college professor merely due to her upsetting the psychoanalytic tenets of Freud and Lacan did not deter her from devalorizing this masculine-centered phallocentrism that had been shackling women since Plato.

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