Time Travels: Feminism, nature, power

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Allen & Unwin, Jun 17, 2014 - Science - 269 pages
Distinguished feminist theorist Elizabeth Grosz turns her attention to a topic long hinted at in feminist politics, but rarely elaborated: the question of time and how it relates to power and subjectivity. She shows how a deep understanding of the processes of time and change could underpin a whole new generation of scholarship.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Darwin and Feminism Preliminary Investigations into a Possible Alliance
11
Darwin and the Ontology of Life
33
The Nature of Culture
41
The Time of Violence Derrida Deconstruction and Value
53
Drucilla Cornell Identity and the Evolution of Politics
69
Deleuze Bergson and the Virtual
91
MerleauPonty Bergson and the Question of Ontology
111
Prosthetic Objects
143
The Time of Thought
153
The Force of Sexual Difference
169
Inhuman Forces Power Pleasure and Desire
183
The Future of Female Sexuality
195
Notes
213
References
239
Index
251

The Thing
129

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Page 20 - There is no exception to the rule that every organic being naturally increases at so high a rate that, if not destroyed, the earth would soon be covered by the progeny of a single pair.
Page 35 - ... the cause of the origin of a thing and its eventual utility, its actual employment and place in a system of purposes, lie worlds apart; whatever exists, having somehow come into being, is again and again reinterpreted to new ends, taken over, transformed, and redirected by some power superior to it; all events in the organic world are a subduing, a becoming master, and all subduing and becoming master involves a fresh interpretation, an adaptation through which any previous "meaning" and "purpose"...
Page 21 - But we have already seen how it entails extinction; and how largely extinction has acted in the world's history, geology plainly declares. Natural selection, also, leads to divergence of character; for the more organic beings diverge in structure, habits and constitution...
Page 19 - No one supposes that all the individuals of the same species are cast in the very same mould. These individual differences are highly important for us, as they afford materials for natural selection to accumulate, in the same manner as man can accumulate in any given direction individual differences in his domesticated productions.
Page 21 - But if variations useful to any organic being ever do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterized will have the best chance of being preserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance, these will tend to produce offspring similarly characterized. This principle of preservation, or the survival of the fittest, I have called natural selection.
Page 60 - To name, to give names that it will on occasion be forbidden to pronounce, such is the originary violence of language which consists in inscribing within a difference, in classifying, in suspending the vocative absolute. To think the unique within the system, to inscribe it there, such is the gesture of the arche-writing: arche-violence, loss of the proper, of absolute proximity, of self -presence, in truth the loss of what has never taken place, of a self-presence which has never been given but...
Page 239 - The power which thus took charge of sexuality set about contacting bodies, caressing them with its eyes, intensifying areas, electrifying surfaces, dramatizing troubled moments. It wrapped the sexual body in its embrace.
Page 148 - Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on to him and they still give him much trouble at times.

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