Language, Discourse, Society

‘Am I That Name?’

Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History

Authors: Riley, Denise

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Writing about changes in the notion of womanhood, Denise Riley examines, in the manner of Foucault, shifting historical constructions of the category of "women" in relation to other categories central to concepts of personhood: the soul, the mind, the body, nature, the social. Feminist movements, Riley argues, have had no choice but to play out this indeterminacy of women. This is made plain in their oscillations, since the 1790s, between concepts of equality and of difference. To fully recognize the ambiguity of the category of "women" is, she contends, a necessary condition for an effective feminist political philosophy.

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DENISE RILEY teaches at the University of East Anglia, UK, and has also held teaching posts at Brown University and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Her most recent books are The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony and Selected Poems.

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'A classic of feminist intellectual history. Am I That Name? is a sort of Anglo-American end of innocence for anyone who tries to speak of 'women.' Riley makes the word run, since she cannot make it stand still. She offers a history of how feminism has faced its paradoxical core.' - Voice Literary Supplement

Essential reading for philosophers, historians, and feminist theorists.' - History Review of Books


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
‘Am I That Name?’
Book Subtitle
Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History
Authors
Series Title
Language, Discourse, Society
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Denise Riley
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-19510-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-19510-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-34612-9
Softcover ISBN
978-0-333-34613-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 126
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