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Figures of Resistance Essays in Feminist Theory by Teresa De Lauretis

Figures of Resistance Essays in Feminist Theory


Figures of Resistance Essays in Feminist Theory by Teresa De Lauretis

The changing face of feminist discourse as reflected by the career of one of its preeminent scholars Figures of Resistance brings together the unpublished lectures and little-seen essays of internationally renowned theorist Teresa de Lauretis, spanning over twenty years of her finest work. Thirty years after the height of feminist theory, this collection invites us to reflect on the history of feminism and take a hard look at where it stands today. Selected essays include \u0022Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation,\u0022 \u0022The Lure of the Mannish Lesbian,\u0022 \u0022Eccentric Subjects,\u0022 \u0022Habit Changes,\u0022 \u0022The Intractability of Desire,\u0022 and the unpublished article \u0022Figures of Resistance.\u0022 An introduction from feminist film scholar Patricia White provides an overview of the development of de Lauretis's thought and of feminist theory over past decades.


De Lauretis's work is stimulating, innovative, and groundbreaking. Readers from a wide range of audiences will be grateful to have in a single volume the works of one of the most important feminist theorists working today.

--Judith Mayne, Distinguished Humanities Professor, French and women's studies, Ohio State University This is crucial work. What we find here is a scholar at the top of her form paying attention to her field, in its broadest contours and attempting to make sense of it at a key moment of transition. In terms of feminist writing on cinema, there is nobody else in de Lauretis's league.

--B. Ruby Rich, author of Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement

About the Author

Teresa de Lauretis is a professor of the history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Alice Doesn't: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema and other books. Patricia White, an associate professor and chair of film and media studies at Swarthmore College, is the author of Uninvited: Classical Holywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability.

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Publication date

12th March 2007


Teresa De Lauretis

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University of Illinois Press


320 pages


Feminism & feminist theory
Films, cinema
Sex & sexuality, sex manuals



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