A groundbreaking volume introduces the unique feminist thought of the longstanding Italian group known as Diotima
Introducing Anglophone readers to a potent strain of Italian feminism known to French, Spanish, and German audiences but as yet unavailable in English, Another Mother argues that the question of the mother is essential to comprehend the matrix of contemporary culture and society and to pursue feminist political projects.
Focusing on Diotima, a community of women philosophers deeply involved in feminist politics since the 1960s, this volume provides a multifaceted panorama of its engagement with currents of thought including structuralism, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and Marxism. Starting from the simple insight that the mother is the one who gives us both life and language, these thinkers develop concepts of the mother and sexual difference in contemporary society that differ in crucial ways from both French and U.S. feminisms.
Arguing that Diotima anticipates many of the themes in contemporary philosophical discourses of biopolitics-exemplified by thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, and Roberto Esposito-Another Mother opens an important space for reflections on the past history of feminism and on feminism's future.
Contributors: Anne Emmanuelle Berger, Paris 8 U-Vincennes Saint-Denis; Ida Dominijanni; Luisa Muraro; Diana Sartori, U of Verona; Chiara Zamboni, U of Verona.
Cesare Casarino is professor of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. He is author of Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad in Crisis (Minnesota, 2002), coauthor of In Praise of the Common: A Conversation on Philosophy and Politics (Minnesota, 2008), and coeditor of Marxism beyond Marxism.
Andrea Righi is assistant professor of Italian at Miami University. He is author of Biopolitics and Social Change in Italy: From Gramsci to Pasolini to Negri.
Mark William Epstein has translated numerous books, including Lars-Henrik Olsen's Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe and Davide Tarizzo's Life (Minnesota, 2017).