Further Adventures Of The Dialectic Of Sex: Critical Essays on Shulamith Firestone

Hardcover | September 13, 2010

byM. Merck, S. Sandford

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In these eleven essays scholars from diverse disciplines address the argument, reception, and implications of The Dialectic of Sex and make a compelling, critical case for its contemporary salience.

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In these eleven essays scholars from diverse disciplines address the argument, reception, and implications of The Dialectic of Sex and make a compelling, critical case for its contemporary salience.

Mandy Merck is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London.  Stella Sandford is Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:September 13, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230100295

ISBN - 13:9780230100299

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Mandy Merck * Prologue: Shulamith Firestone and Sexual Difference—Mandy Merck * PART I: Technology * Revisiting Reprotech: Shulamith Firestone and the Question of Technology—Sarah Franklin * From Cybernation to Feminization: Firestone and Cyberfeminism—Susanna Paasonen * Impossible, Admirable, Androgyne: Firestone, Technology, and Utopia—Caroline Bassett * PART II: Sex, Love, and the Family * Firestone on Childhood, Love, and Romance: Questioning the Foundations of Heterosexual Family Life—Stevi Jackson * Towards a Cybernetic Communism: The Technology of the Anti-Family—Nina Power * Integration, Intersex, and Firestone’s Dialectic—Mandy Merck * Part III: Dialectic * Technology, Nature, and Liberation: Shulamith Firestone’s Dialectical Theory of Agency—Tim Fisken * Sexing the State of Nature: Firestone’s Materialist Manifesto—Gillian Howie * The Dialectic of The Dialectic of Sex—Stella Sandford * Epilogue: Packing History, Count(er)ing Generations—Elizabeth Freeman

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“The writers collected in Further Adventures of The Dialectic of Sex retrieve the incendiary vision of Shulamith Firestone from the ash heap of early second wave feminism. They provide us with guideposts to Firestone's prescient text, laden with insights and arguments about issues that roil public debate today: reproductive technology, transformations of the sexed body, and the regulation of marriage and the family. This collection will put Firestone back on the bookshelves and course syllabi, to engage and provoke the next generation of feminist rabble rousers.” —Lisa Duggan, author of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture“Further Adventures of The Dialectic of Sex is essential reading in feminist and queer studies. This exciting anthology takes one of radical feminism’s most powerful documents and mines it’s most progressive and problematic dimensions. Shulamith Firestone’s often forgotten, but hugely influential text, is placed in dialogue with contemporary writing in technology studies, debates about gender segregation and sports, and the ‘anti-family.’ This interdisciplinary collection couldn’t be more useful and timely thanks to its attention to the creative and political contexts of its authorship and the authors' engagement with the challenging directions of the most rigorous work in contemporary queer studies.”—Jennifer Doyle, Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside and author of Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire