Indifferent Boundaries: Spatial Concepts of Human Subjectivity

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Dezember 1995



What does it mean to talk about subjectivity in the language of space, and what are the political implications of doing so? A provocative and illuminating work, Indifferent Boundaries explores the ways that concepts of subjectivity are vitally grounded in metaphors of and assumptions about space. Kathleen Kirby demonstrates how changes that have taken place in real and conceptual space from the Renaissance to the postmodern era have led to a critical rearticulation of the subject by feminist, psychoanalytic, and poststructuralist theorists, among others. Tracing changing ideas about the self/m-/from the stable form of the Enlightenment individual to the postmodern sujet en proces/m-/Kirby appraises both the liberatory possibilities and the everyday cultural implications of the contemporary "space of the subject." This tenacious and substantive investigation of the lexicon of space sheds much needed light in previously dark corners of the poststructuralist edifice, and is certain to appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience.


Introduction: Subjects in Space: Variations on a Theme. 1. Defining the Space of the Subject: Investigating the Boundaries of Feminism. 2. Lost in Space: Establishing the Limits of Identity. 3. Freudian Fabrications: De-Forming Modern Spaces. 4. Vertigo: Postmodern Spaces and the Politics of the Subject. 5. Indecent Exposure: Redefining the Spaces of Gender. Conclusion: Re: Shaping Subjectivity.


Kathleen Kirby graduated from the Modern Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992. She has taught English and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Syracuse University, and the University of New Hampshire. Her articles on space, politics and subjectivity have been published in New Orleans Review, American Imago, and boundary 2. She currently lives, writes, and works in New Hampshire.
EAN: 9780898625721
ISBN: 0898625726
Untertitel: 'Mappings'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 1995
Seitenanzahl: 169 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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