Diotima at the Barricades: French Feminists Read Plato

Hardcover | January 16, 2016

byPaul Allen Miller

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Diotima at the Barricades argues that the debates that emerged from the burgeoning of feminist intellectual life in post-modern France involved complex, structured, and reciprocal exchanges on the interpretation and position of Plato and other ancient texts in the western philosophical andliterary tradition. Paul Allen Miller shows how individual works of Anglo-American figures such as Toril Moi, Judith Butler, and Kaja Silverman, as well as movements such as queer theory, are rooted in feminist theoretical debates that began in the sixties in France and have continued right up tothe present day. Miller demonstrates that French philosophy as represented by writers as diverse as Julia Kristeva, Helene Cixous, Sarah Kofman, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, and Luce Irigaray have had a profound influence on literary, theoretical, and cultural studies in the Anglo-American world. He reveals thatin order to understand the intellectual substructure of much of later Anglo-American critical theory, it is crucial to examine the development of post-modern French feminist thought in relation to its dialogue with antiquity. In modern feminism and post-structuralism, the ancient world, and Plato inparticular, truly function as our theoretical unconscious.

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Diotima at the Barricades argues that the debates that emerged from the burgeoning of feminist intellectual life in post-modern France involved complex, structured, and reciprocal exchanges on the interpretation and position of Plato and other ancient texts in the western philosophical andliterary tradition. Paul Allen Miller shows how...

Paul Allen Miller is Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.98 inPublished:January 16, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Sublime Freedom of the Ancients: de Beauvoir, Cixous, and Duras on Gender, the Erotic, and Transcendence1. The Dark Continent: Luce Irigaray, the Cave, and the History of Western Metaphysics2. Revolution in Platonic Language: The Chora in Kristeva3. Platonic Eros: Kristeva Sends Her Love to Foucault and Lacan4. Socrates, Freud, and Dionysus: The Double Life and Death of Sarah KofmanEpilogueReferences