Without Apology: Andrea Dworkin's Art and Politics

Without Apology: Andrea Dworkin's Art and Politics

Without Apology: Andrea Dworkin's Art and Politics

Without Apology: Andrea Dworkin's Art and Politics

Synopsis

This is the first-ever book-length analysis of Dworkin's feminist politics & the first critical analysis to examine her controversial political ideas in light of the literary dimensions of her prose.

Excerpt

Writing a book on Andrea Dworkin has not been easy. The clarity and intensity with which she illuminates the cruel injustice in women's lives made it impossible some days to engage the subject matter without lapsing into despair. In addition, other people's opposition and hostility to Dworkin's radical ideas were often projected onto me or my work; even though such projection is easy to identify, the cumulative hostility managed to seep beneath my skin. I am very grateful to Ann Russo that I have not had to complete this project alone.

Although I am ultimately responsible for the writing, Ann played an active and vital role in every phase of this book. First, she provided extensive editorial assistance on the manuscript itself: she helped to refine ideas and structure individual chapters and sections of the book, scrupulously edited the text for clarity and accuracy of both language and analysis, proofread, and supplied research documentation when needed. More than anything, she provided support, endlessly, across many years: encouragement, critical commentary and discussion of ideas, respect, and confidence in the worthiness of the project. Her extensive research and prolific writing on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and violence have always nurtured my own work, as have her courage and integrity. We share an appreciation for Dworkin's contributions to feminist theorizing on the conditions of women's lives and are determined to make available an alternative interpretation of Dworkin's work than is found currently in leftist and much feminist writing. We also share a mutual commitment to social justice education, to eradicating racism and violence against women, to transforming despair into political activism, to surviving no matter what, and finally, to finding ways to laugh and thrive in the face of it all. I could not have completed this book without her.

Cindy Jenefsky . . .

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