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Women's Liberation and the Sublime: Feminism, Postmodernism, Environment

Bonnie Mann


In the 1980s, this book contends, an uncritical affirmation of anti-essentialism turned this important feminist critique into a disciplinary dogmatism that constrained and homogenized feminist thinking. Feminist work in the academy became forgetful of both women and nature, and began to exchange an engaged politics for the intensity of sublime experience in its postmodern form. This book works between the modern and postmodern notions of the sublime to show that the gendered politics and effacement of nature, central to the modern sublime, especially in Kant's account, are at the heart of the ... More

Keywords: anti-essentialism, feminist thinking, postmodernism, gender politics, Kant, sublime, Lyotard, Judith Butler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195187458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195187458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie Mann, author
University of Oregon
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