Bodies of Meaning: Studies on Language, Labor, and Liberation

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SUNY Press, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 277 pages
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Bodies of Meaning presents a vigorous challenge to postmodernist theories of language and politics which detach language from human bodies and their material practices. Beginning with the historical bodies theorized by Marx, Darwin, and Freud, McNally develops an alternative account of language which draws on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin and recent contributions to materialist feminism. In bringing the body back into language, this book makes a major contribution to current debates in social and political theory."
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
NIETZSCHE DARWIN AND THE POSTMODERN FETISH OF LANGUAGE
15
FORGETTING THE BODY LINGUISTIC ECONOMIES FROM SAUSSURE TO DERRIDA
45
BODIES THAT TALK SEX TOOLS LANGUAGE AND HUMAN CULTURE
79
BODY SPEECH AND HISTORY LANGUAGE AND MATERIALISM IN VOLOSHINOV AND BAKHTIN
111
CORPOREAL REASON LANGUAGE HISTORY AND THE BODY IN WALTER BENJAMINS DIALECTICS OF AWAKENING
161
CONCLUSION
229
NOTES
235
INDEX
271
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David McNally is Associate Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, and the author of Political Economy and the Rise of Capitalism: A Reinterpretation and Against the Market: Political Economy, Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique.

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