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Essentially Speaking: Feminism, Nature and Difference

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In this brief and powerful book, Diana Fuss takes on the debate of pure essence versus social construct, engaging with the work of Luce Irigaray and Monique Wittig, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Houston Baker, and with the politics of gay identity.

144 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1989

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Diana Fuss

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Diana Fuss, Louis W. Fairchild Class of ’24 Professor of English, has taught at Princeton since 1988, after receiving her PhD from Brown University in English and Semiotics. She has taught undergraduate courses on a range of topics in the areas of criticism and theory, 19th and 20th century American and British literature, narrative and poetry, and film and media. And she has taught more specialized graduate offerings on such subjects as Body Parts, Architectural Interiors, The Senses, Contemporary Theory, Freud’s Toolbox, American Elegy, Modern Death, Modern Love, and Keywords. She has also conducted the graduate pedagogy and dissertation seminars. In 2001 Fuss received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, and she currently holds the University’s Cotsen Fellowship for Distinguished Research and Teaching.

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April 15, 2014
Proper good book looking at problem of essentialism a more philosophical perspectives in order to shed some light into the corners. Not too hard core, most interesting discussions of Lacan, Wittig, Irigaray
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July 30, 2009
This is really a tremendous book. I didn't agree with all of it, but it provided great material for discussion in several of my graduate seminars.
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July 27, 2010
A foundational book for anyone interested in the progression of second and third wave feminism movements.
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November 24, 2013
A lucid and concise discussion of its subject matter, Fuss is a good theorist and a better writer.
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