Subjectivity: Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway

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Glossary
abjection In the work of Julia Kristeva, the abject is that which challenges the subject's sense of fixity and stability (for example, flows that cross the perimeter of the body, such as blood, vomit, sweat and semen). Metaphorically, the abject extends to all transgression of boundaries, such as ambiguity and ambivalence.
arborescentseerhizome
body without organs Deleuze and Guattari adapt Antonin Artaud's phrase 'the body without organs' as a model of a subjectivity built on multiple surface flows, rather than a fixed internal structure.
castration In Freudian psychoanalysis, the boy-child attains masculine subjectivity by his response to the threat of castration. The penis is read as the sign of masculine authority, and the threat of its loss defines masculine culture. Girls and women are seen as already castrated, and psychoanalysis is thus criticised for depicting subjectivity as built on loss or lack, particularly in women.
corps propre In the work of Kristeva, subjectivity is identified with the limits of the body.She calls the image of the body as a closed system, impermeable to bodily flows, le corps propre or 'the clean and proper body'. It is this image of the body that is challenged by abjection.
cyborg The conventional term for a cybernetic organism, creatures that combine technology (usually robotics) and biology. In the work of Donna Haraway, late twentieth-century human beings are cyborgs, poised between a lost myth of nature and a futuristic dream of perpetual technological revolution.

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Table of contents

  • Subjectivity - Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway *
  • Series Introduction v
  • Acknowledgments viii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: The Free and Autonomous Individual 13
  • 2: Freud and the Split Subject 25
  • 3: Lacan: The Subject is Language 38
  • 4: Foucault: The Subject and Power 51
  • 5: Femininity 66
  • 6: Kristeva and Abjection 79
  • 7: Masculinity 92
  • 8: Radical Sexuality 105
  • 9: Subjectivity and Ethnicity 118
  • 10: Deleuze and Guattari 136
  • 11: The Subject and Technology 148
  • 12: The Subject and Postmodernism 162
  • 13: Conclusion 174
  • Glossary 181
  • Bibliography 186
  • Index 193
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