Volatile Bodies is based on a risky wager: that all the effects of subjectivity, psychological depth and inferiority can be refigured in terms of bodies and surfaces. The book explores various dissonances in thinking the relation between mind and body. It investigates issues that resist reduction to these binary terms. In Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism, Elizabeth Grosz reexamines canonical philosophers and theorists and their thoughts on the.

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Search by title, author, keyword or ISBN. The Inside Out 2. It will not only introduce feminist to an enriching set of theoretical perspectives but set a high critical standard for feminist dialogues on the body. bodiies

Account Options Sign in. Indiana University Press, Trivia About Volatile Bodies: The Vooatile In 5. References to this book Enlightened Women: While Neitzche sees bodies a the cause of power, Foucault sees them as the field on which power operates.

Grosz gives some compelling readings of philosophers who construct the body as a writing surface open to cultural markings. Volatile Bodies demonstrates that the sexually specific body is socially constructed: Butler bosies, it is thoughtful and well realized.

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism

Somer rated it it was ok Apr 28, She collapses both the mind-body hierarchy and conventional oppositions between nature and culture by arguing that the body is “a cultural, the cultural product” Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


This directly answers many elizaabeth the questions I had about feminist theory in the language I hold most close to my nature. She demonstrates that their theories are tacitly predicated on the male body, even when they ostensibly focus on femininity.

It uses, transforms and subverts the work of a number of distinguished male theorists of the body Freud, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Schilder, Nietzsche, Foucault, Lingis and Deleuze who, while freeing the body from its subordination to the mind, are nonetheless unable to accomodate the specificities of women’s bodies.

Overall, this dense and insightful book has well worth the inclusion on my list. Other editions – View all Volatile Bodies: Neurological and psychological breakdowns manifest the astonishing complexity of body-mind relations and generate some startling but intriguing speculation: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Deleuze’s anti-humanism is validated for its emphasis on multiplicity and metamorphosis, on becoming, and specifically on “becoming-woman”; this offers the most promising possibilities for the kinds of radical re-presentations that feminism needs.

It will not only introduce feminists to an enriching set of th. Annie rated it liked it Nov 16, She writes from a feminist perspective but the interest of these issues is universal.


Challenging the “profound somatophobia” 5 of traditional philosophy, Grosz privileges the body as “the very ‘stuff’ of subjectivity” ix. Again, Grosz looks at how Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Luce Irigaray address the body through Phenomenology, developing a corporeal phenomenology.

Human biology is inherently social and has no pure or natural “origin” outside of culture. Books by Elizabeth Grosz. Intensities and Flows Part IV. This chapter looks specifically at the body as inscriptive surface. Return to Book Page.

Volatile Bodies explores various dissonances in thinking the relation between mind and body. In imagining the body as subjectivity, and subjectivity as nondualitist, Grosz intends to historicize the body, to see the body as sexed, as lived, as social.

Volatile Bodies

These next sections look at the outside-in of the body, as opposed to the inside-out of the previous chapters. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Being bodiex raw material of social and cultural organization, it is “incomplete” and thus subject to the endless rewriting and social inscription that constitute all sign systems.