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Postfeminisms by Ann Brooks

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PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY, SEMIOLOGY AND POSTFEMINISM

INTRODUCTION

This chapter investigates the intersection of psychoanalytic theory and semiology with feminist theory and considers the implications for postfeminist debates. There are two spheres where these debates have made an impact. The first is the impact of psychoanalytic theory and semiology within the French intellectual tradition, particularly as a result of feminism’s engagement with the work of Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan. Debates in the area of feminism, sexuality and textuality have been explored and ‘dramatised’ in the work of the French feminist deconstructivists—Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva and Hélène Cixous—in their dialogue with the work of Derrida ...

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