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Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521597616
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 1999
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Pages: 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.51 x 8.98 x 5.98 inches


Differences That Matter challenges theories of the relationship between feminism and postmodernism that ask "is/should feminism be modern or postmodern?" Pointing out how postmodernism has been allowed to dictate feminist debates, Sara Ahmed argues instead that feminism must itself ask questions of postmodernism; that feminist theorists speak (back) to postmodernism rather than simply speak on (their relationship to) it. This "speaking back" involves a refusal to position postmodernism as a generalizable condition of the world, using close readings of postmodern constructions of rights, ethics, "woman," subjectivity, authorship and film.

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