Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference

Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference

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The term qfeminismq conjures up the promise of resistance to the various forms of oppression women face. But feminism's ability to fulfill this promise has been undermined by its failure to deal adequately with the difference that race makes for gender. In this book, Ellen T. Armour forges an alliance between deconstruction and feminist theology and theory by demonstrating deconstruction's usefulness in addressing feminism's trouble with race. Armour shows how the writings of Jacques Derrida and Luce Irigaray can be used to uncover feminism's white presumptions so that race and gender can be thought of differently. In clear, concise terms she explores the possibilities and limitations for feminist theology of Derrida's conception of qwomanq and Irigaray's qmultiple woman, q as well as Derrida's thinking on race and Irigaray's work on religion. Armour then points a way beyond the race/gender divide with the help of African-American theorists such as bell hooks, Hortense Spillers, and Patricia Hill Collins.Following Derridaa#39;s analysis of movements of resistance to apartheid as figured by Nelson Mandela will elicit the specific dynamics in question.18 Admiring Mandela Derridaa#39;s essay in honor of Nelson Mandela is a reading of Mandelaa#39;sanbsp;...

Title:Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference
Author:Ellen T. Armour
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1999-06-15


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