"Any theory of the "Subject" has always been appropriated by the "Masculine"

from Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigary 1974


text selected by Katy Connor.


7-8.30pm Tuesday 7th July 2015


"Overthrow syntax by suspending its eternally teleological order, by snipping the wires, cutting the current, breaking the circuits, switching the connections, by modifying continuity, alternation, frequency, intensity." (Irigaray, 1974)


Following on from the last reading group, in the next session we will be reading and discussing an earlier text from Luce Irigaray, "Any theory of the "Subject" has always been appropriated by the "Masculine"" from Speculum Of the Other Woman (first pub.1974 / English trans. 1985) text. When first published, Speculum was an incendiary text, prompting Irigaray's expulsion from the Ecole Freudienne de Paris by Lacan.


We will be considering inflections and possibilities that might resonate anew in the text in light of more recent critiques such as Donna Haraway’s Cyborgs and Companion Species, and OOO for example, as well as Karen Barad’s claim that “Language has been granted too much power.” (Barad, 2003).

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