At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

On Maternal Listening: Experiments in Sound and the Mother-Daughter Relation in Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce

On Maternal Listening: Experiments in Sound and the Mother-Daughter Relation in Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce

On maternal listening: Experiments in sound and the mother-daughter relation in Todd Haynes' mildred Pierce

The issues that I tackle in this chapter turn around the question of theorizing and representing alternative spaces and modes of exchange and mediation between mother and daughter that are not reducible to Oedipal models. My underlying project is for psychoanalysis to function in a different way for feminism – a way that would finally move on from its persistent focus on identifying the symptoms surrounding the mother and the daughter and their exclusion from the symbolic order – a way that could move on from repeatedly producing litanies of pathologies associated with needing the mother, ...

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