Essentially Speaking: Feminism, Nature and Difference
In this brief and powerful book, Diana Fuss takes on the debate of pure essence versus social construct, engaging with the work of Luce Irigaray and Monique Wittig, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Houston Baker, and with the politics of gay identity.
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1 The Risk of Essence
2 Reading Like a Feminist
3 Monique Wittigs Antiessentialist Materialism
4 Luce Irigarays Language of Essence
5 Race Under Erasure? Poststructuralist AfroAmerican Literary Theory
The Question of Identity Politics
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