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Identity without Selfhood

Identity without Selfhood
Simone de Beauvoir and Bisexuality

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  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521625791

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  • Situated at the crossroads of feminism, queer theory, and poststructuralist debates around identity, this is not a book about Simone de Beauvoir, but, rather, a book that addresses the different ways in which she is constructed as an intelligible "self" by academics, biographers and the media. It shows how key Western concepts such as individuality constrain attempts to deconstruct the self and prevent bisexuality being understood as an identity. Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari to see what this construction of bisexuality offers contemporary theories, it also critiques Foucault's work.

    • Brings together in original way range of very important feminist, queer and post-structuralist debates about self, identity, the body
    • Applies difficult theoretical arguments to concrete and familiar empirical example of Simone de Beauvoir and how she is represented eg in media and biographies
    • Draws on and critiques theorists of central interest to sociologists and literary theorists: Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "If any text marks the coming of age of bisexuality as an academic subject, Mariam Fraser's Identity Without Selfhood: Simone de Beauvoir and Bisexuality may be the one." Bi Books

    "Fraser's book makes a major contribution to recent scholarship in feminist, poststructural, and queer theories of subjectivity, the body, and identity..." Janet Wirth-Cauchon, American Journal of Sociology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521625791
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Identity and selfhood
    2. Identity and embodiment
    3. Telling tales
    4. Preculsion
    5. Displacement
    6. Erasure
    7. Lose your face

  • Author

    Mariam Fraser, Loughborough University

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