Reading feminist theory as a complex imaginative achievement, Feminist Imagination considers feminist commitment through the interrogation of its philosophical, political and affective connections with the past, and especially with the ‘race’ trials of the twentieth century. The book looks at: the ‘directionlessness’ of contemporary feminist thought; the question of essentialism and embodiment; the racial tensions in the work of Simone de Beauvoir; the totalitarian character in Hannah Arendt; the ‘mimetic Jew’ and the concept of mimesis in the work of Judith Butler.
Vikki Bell provides a compelling rethinking of feminist theory as bound up with attempts to understand oppression outside a focus on ‘women’. She affirms feminism as a site and mode of making these connections.
Chapter 2: Phantastic Communities and Dangerous Thinking: Feminist Political Imagination
Phantastic Communities and Dangerous Thinking: Feminist Political Imagination
Me, myself, who? Today myself, a woman who writes, a woman part of whose identity is therefore caught up in the drama of Writing and the drama of Woman.
Ours is, for me, the era of double temporality: it is the broken-backed century that Mandelstram lamented, the twilight of freedom; and in our grating and jarring present, it is the bitter dawn of liberty, that season of turmoil and anguish, in which the western world in particular is in the throes of dissociation and reorganisation; in which civil wars and nationalist fevour arise from disorder which is both good and bad; and in which a phobia of non-identity has spread, and ...