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Stevie Meriel Schmiedel
Contesting the Oedipal Legacy
Deleuzean vs Psychoanalytic Feminist Critical Theory
Reihe: Geschlecht - Kultur - Gesellschaft. Gender - Culture - Society
Bd. 12, 2004, 280 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 3-8258-7326-9

Psychoanalytic feminism is stuck in the `feminist dilemma': it seems to constantly reiterate the constitutive binarism of the gender war. This book suggests we turn to a Deleuzean feminism and methodology in order to be able to describe the sexes beyond the binary. Deleuze's becoming-woman is based on an ontology of desire which refutes the Lacanian `tyranny of the past' that dictates a constitutive lack at the base of the subject which has its origin in the (m)other. Through Deleuzean readings of cultural texts its potential to describe new gender identities, or non-identities, will be shown.

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