Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse
Rosemary Hennessy confronts some of the impasses in materialist feminist work on rethinking "woman" as a discursively constructed subject. She argues for a theory of discourse as ideology, taking into account the work of Kristeva, Foucault and Laclau.
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