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Sexing the Self

Gendered Positions in Cultural Studies


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Sexing the Self by Elspeth Probyn

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How can the self be represented in Cultural Studies? Faced with the seemingly enormous difficulty of representing 'others', many theorists working in Cultural Studies have been turning to themselves as a way of speaking about the personal. In Sexing the Self, Elspeth Probyn retraces this evacuation of 'experience' as a critical term in Cultural Studies, and argues for a move beyond a crisis mode of representation, where no-one can speak for another. Probyn tackles the question of the sex of the self, an issue of vital importance to feminists, yet one which has been neglected by feminist theory, and suggests that there are ways of using our gendered selves in order to speak and theorize non-essential but embodied selves. Arguing for 'feminisms with attitude', Sexing the Self ranges across a wide range of theoretical strands, drawing upon a body of literature from early Cultural Studies to Anglo-American feminist literary criticism, from the emergence of 'the feminine' as a privileged term in cultural theory to the rampant self-reflexivity of postmodern ethnography, from 'identity debates' to Foucault's 'care of the self'.
Release date NZ
April 8th, 1993
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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