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Feminist subjectivity, watered
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (The Posthumanities Hub)
2013 (English)In: Feminist review (Print), ISSN 0141-7789, E-ISSN 1466-4380, Vol. 103, 23-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Responding to Rosi Braidotti's call for more ‘conceptual creativity’ in thinking through contemporary feminist subjectivity, this paper proposes the figuration of the body of water. It begins with a critical materialist enhancement of Adrienne Rich's concept of a politics of location, followed by a schematised description of the various ‘hydro-logics’ in which our bodies partake. The ways in which these logics already inform diverse modes of feminist scholarship are then explored. The objective of this paper is to locate, at the confluence of these discourses and descriptions, an invigorated figuration of the feminist subject as body of water. This subject is posthumanist and material, both real and aspirational. Most importantly, she is responsively attuned to other watery bodies—both human and more-than-human—within global flows of political, social, cultural, economic and colonial planetary power.

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2013. Vol. 103, 23-41 p.
Keyword [en]
water, subjectivity, figuration, new materialism, posthumanism
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91710DOI: 10.1057/fr.2012.25ISI: 000315733000008OAI: diva2:618756
Available from: 2013-04-30 Created: 2013-04-30 Last updated: 2013-04-30

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