Sex, Gender, and the Body: The Student Edition of What Is a Woman?

Paperback | January 13, 2005

byToril Moi

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This affordable, compact edition, designed specially for use in university courses, consists of two of the most celebrated essays from Toril Moi's highly-acclaimed What Is a Woman?What is a woman? Does it make sense to think of a woman as the combination of sex and gender? Is 'I am a woman' the same kind of declaration as 'I am a man'? What does it mean to speak 'as a woman'? In these essays Moi rethinks the contribution of Simone de Beauvoir to feminist theory, and showsthat The Second Sex, properly read, offers inspiring solutions to urgent contemporary problems. By suggesting that we think of the body as a situation, the first essay offers a serious challenge to dominant poststructuralist theories of sex and gender. The second essay investigates the place of thepersonal in theory. What is the status of references to personal experiences, or to one's person (one's race, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality) in theoretical debates? Both essays provide, in vivid and compelling detail, a third way for feminism, beyond the current stalemate betweenessentialism and constructionism. This is a major and truly original contribution to feminist theory.

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This affordable, compact edition, designed specially for use in university courses, consists of two of the most celebrated essays from Toril Moi's highly-acclaimed What Is a Woman?What is a woman? Does it make sense to think of a woman as the combination of sex and gender? Is 'I am a woman' the same kind of declaration as 'I am a man'?...

Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University, author of the influential and best-selling Sexual/Textual Politics and What Is a Woman?, and editor of The Kristeva Reader and French Feminist Thought.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 13, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199276226

ISBN - 13:9780199276226

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Introduction1. What Is a Woman? Sex, Gender, and the Body in Feminist Theory2. 'I Am a Woman': The Personal and the Philosophical

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`Toril Moi's work is of central importance to the history of feminist theory and feminist literary criticism, and her thoughtful engagement with Simone de Beauvoir has been cited by scholars as the most important work on that founding feminist author to date.'Robyn Wiegman, Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies, Duke University