Breaking Feminist Waves

Rousseau in Drag

Deconstructing Gender

Authors: Kennedy, R.

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Through a series of close readings of most of Rousseau's major writings, this book provides a new interpretation of the eighteenth-century philosopher's sexual politics. The text argues that Rousseau's writings provide a critique of not only normative gender identity, but also normative familial and kinship relations.

About the authors

ROSEANNE KENNEDY Adjunct Professor at New York University, USA.

Reviews

"Uncovering sides of Rousseau previously hidden in plain sight, Kennedy's Rousseau in Drag is one of the most exciting books I have read in a very long time. It explodes reigning conceptions of Rousseau's views on women and gender and will generate healthy debate for years to come." - Helena Rosenblatt, professor of History, The Graduate Center, CUNY

"A bravura close-reading. In place of the blinkered proponent of patriarchy depicted in most of the literature on Rousseau, Kennedy brings to life a paragon of perverse desire a paradoxical and self-contradicting author whose texts belie a deep sexual ambivalence, in passages that are sometime wildly evocative of fluid identities and intimate relations outside of the traditional nuclear family." - James Miller, professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies, New School for Social Research

"Rousseau in Drag delivers an exciting new perspective on the gender dynamics across Rousseau's oeuvre. Probing the Confessions, Julie, Émile, and shorter essays, Kennedy's reading both complements and disrupts earlier feminist work on Rousseau by taking seriously his 'perverse' desires. Without reducing Rousseau's writings to his biography or psycho-biography, Kennedy interprets Rousseau's own sexual and performative proclivities as constituting a move beyond the gender binaries that he otherwise seems to reproduce at various points within his texts." - Lori Marso, author of (Un)Manly Citizens and Feminist Thinkers and the Demands of Femininity


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kennedy, Rosanne Terese

    Pages 1-18

  • Sexual/Political Inequality

    Kennedy, Rosanne Terese

    Pages 19-53

  • The Arts: From the Letter to d’Alembert to The Reveries of the Solitary Walker

    Kennedy, Rosanne Terese

    Pages 55-82

  • Postoedipal Desire: Reading the Ménage à Trois

    Kennedy, Rosanne Terese

    Pages 83-107

  • Autobiography: Writing the Self, Writing Gender

    Kennedy, Rosanne Terese

    Pages 109-136

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Softcover $95.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rousseau in Drag
Book Subtitle
Deconstructing Gender
Authors
Series Title
Breaking Feminist Waves
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Rosanne Terese Kennedy
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01062-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137010629
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34008-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34268-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 186
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