Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche

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Columbia University Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 190 pages

Published in France in 1980, Marine Lover is the first in a trilogy in which Luce Irigaray links the interrogation of the feminine in post-Hegelian philosophy with a pre-Socratic investigation of the elements. Irigaray undertakes to interrogate Nietzche, the grandfather of poststructuralist philosophy, from the point of view of water.

According to Irigaray, water is the element Nietzsche fears most. She uses this element in her narrative because for her there is a complex relationship between the feminine and the fluid. Irigaray's method is to engage in an amorous dialogue with the male philosopher. In this dialogue, she ruptures conventional discourse and writes in a lyrical style that defies distinction between theory, fiction, and philosophy.

 

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Contents

Baptism of the Shadow
3
Beyond MidNight
8
Rapture of the Incorruptible Sea
12
Where Your Body Begins and Where It Ends
15
The Burden of the Peaks
20
Contempt for Your Nostalgia
24
An Airy Grave
28
Ice Wedding
31
Burning Lava You Carry Within You
52
The Clamor of a Naive Insurrection
56
An Abyssal Forgetfulness
60
The Desert Is Growing
62
Adversity by Chance
66
Mourning in Labyrinths
69
VEILED LIPS
75
WHEN THE GODS ARE BORN
121

The Reverse Side of Your Limit
35
The Song of the Cicada
38
Dance of the Abyss
41
Her Ultimate Depth Never Returns to the Light of Day
46
the child still in the cradle
123
the twin brother
143
the crucified one
164
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Luce Irigaray (PhD, Linguistics, Philosophy, University of Paris VII, certification, Ecole Freudienne de Paris) is Director of Research in Philosophy at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique. Many of her works have been translated into English, including most notably An Ethics of Sexual Difference (Cornell, 1993), Between East and West (Columbia, 2002), Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche (Columbia, 1991), Sexes and Genealogies (Columbia, 1993), Speculum of the Other Woman (Cornell, 1985), and This Sex Which Is Not One (Cornell, 1985).

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