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"Technologies of Gender builds a bridge between the fashionable orthodoxies of academic theory (Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, et al.) and the frequently-marginalized contributions of feminist theory.... In sum, de Lauretis has written a book that should be required reading for every feminist in need of theoretical ammunition--and for every theorist in need of feminist enlighte "Technologies of Gender builds a bridge between the fashionable orthodoxies of academic theory (Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, et al.) and the frequently-marginalized contributions of feminist theory.... In sum, de Lauretis has written a book that should be required reading for every feminist in need of theoretical ammunition--and for every theorist in need of feminist enlightenment." --B. Ruby Rich ..". sets philosophical ideas humming.... she has much to say." --Cineaste "I can think of no other work that pushes the debate on the female subject forward with such passion and intellectual rigor." --SubStance This book addresses the question of gender in poststructuralist theoretical discourse, postmodern fiction, and women's cinema. It examines the construction of gender both as representation and as self-representation in relation to several kinds of texts and argues that feminism is producing a radical rewriting, as well as a rereading, of the dominant forms of Western culture.


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"Technologies of Gender builds a bridge between the fashionable orthodoxies of academic theory (Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, et al.) and the frequently-marginalized contributions of feminist theory.... In sum, de Lauretis has written a book that should be required reading for every feminist in need of theoretical ammunition--and for every theorist in need of feminist enlighte "Technologies of Gender builds a bridge between the fashionable orthodoxies of academic theory (Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, et al.) and the frequently-marginalized contributions of feminist theory.... In sum, de Lauretis has written a book that should be required reading for every feminist in need of theoretical ammunition--and for every theorist in need of feminist enlightenment." --B. Ruby Rich ..". sets philosophical ideas humming.... she has much to say." --Cineaste "I can think of no other work that pushes the debate on the female subject forward with such passion and intellectual rigor." --SubStance This book addresses the question of gender in poststructuralist theoretical discourse, postmodern fiction, and women's cinema. It examines the construction of gender both as representation and as self-representation in relation to several kinds of texts and argues that feminism is producing a radical rewriting, as well as a rereading, of the dominant forms of Western culture.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Laia

    "Then, when I look at the movies, film theorists try to tell me that the gaze is male, the camera eye is masculine, and so my look is also not a woman's. But I don't believe them anymore, because now I think I know what it is to look at a film as a woman. I do because certain films, by Yvonne Rainer, Chantal Akerman, Lizzie Borden, Sally Potter, and others, have shown it to me; they have somehow managed to inscribe in the film my woman's look — next to, side by side, together with, my other (cin "Then, when I look at the movies, film theorists try to tell me that the gaze is male, the camera eye is masculine, and so my look is also not a woman's. But I don't believe them anymore, because now I think I know what it is to look at a film as a woman. I do because certain films, by Yvonne Rainer, Chantal Akerman, Lizzie Borden, Sally Potter, and others, have shown it to me; they have somehow managed to inscribe in the film my woman's look — next to, side by side, together with, my other (cinematic) look." 💜

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    Groundbreaking and clear in some places, dense and opaque in others. The first and final essays have been hugely influential in Gender Studies, denaturalising and questioning the subjects of feminism and breaking up the wholeness of Woman for good. If you're into Gender Studies, Queer Theory or Cultural Studies, read them asap. The other essays, which analyze particular texts (literary and filmic) are very specific, deep and ground on semiotics; if you are not into the objects of study or that k Groundbreaking and clear in some places, dense and opaque in others. The first and final essays have been hugely influential in Gender Studies, denaturalising and questioning the subjects of feminism and breaking up the wholeness of Woman for good. If you're into Gender Studies, Queer Theory or Cultural Studies, read them asap. The other essays, which analyze particular texts (literary and filmic) are very specific, deep and ground on semiotics; if you are not into the objects of study or that kind of analysis, they might fly over your head as they did over mine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ryan bears

    i read this on the train. id pick up old de lauretis over butler any day. i just wish people who insisted on using althusser would integrate formal analysis with action more, like he does so well in "lenin and philosophy," by giving a thoughtful analysis of his strangling his wife to death. there is a good section in the second essay on foucault's paradoxical conservatism and his claim that rape should be decrimilized. what else, fuck fellini. i read this on the train. id pick up old de lauretis over butler any day. i just wish people who insisted on using althusser would integrate formal analysis with action more, like he does so well in "lenin and philosophy," by giving a thoughtful analysis of his strangling his wife to death. there is a good section in the second essay on foucault's paradoxical conservatism and his claim that rape should be decrimilized. what else, fuck fellini.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Guilherme Smee

    Teresa de Lauretis é uma importante teórica feminista e que, a despeito do que se diga que foi Judith Butler quem fundou a teoria queer, na verdade essa responsabilidade foi de Teresa. Este livro que chegou em minhas mãos por ser o único disponível dela que encontrei em uma biblioteca e foi na biblioteca da UFRGS. Nele, Teresa discute as tecnologias do gênero que, para ela não são nada mais que aparatos socioculturais que permitem que a heteronarmatividade, a heterossexualidade compulsória e o h Teresa de Lauretis é uma importante teórica feminista e que, a despeito do que se diga que foi Judith Butler quem fundou a teoria queer, na verdade essa responsabilidade foi de Teresa. Este livro que chegou em minhas mãos por ser o único disponível dela que encontrei em uma biblioteca e foi na biblioteca da UFRGS. Nele, Teresa discute as tecnologias do gênero que, para ela não são nada mais que aparatos socioculturais que permitem que a heteronarmatividade, a heterossexualidade compulsória e o heterossexismo continuem distribuindo seus valores através de artefatos culturais como as produções midiáticas. As tecnologias do gênero, portanto, funcionam a favor do status quo. È papel do feminismo e da teoria queer buscar uma desconstrução dos retratos e papéis de gênero, bem como do binarismo. Neste livro, Teresa De Lauretis também analisa diversas obras literárias como O Nome da Rosa, de Umberto Eco e Se Um Viajante Numa Noite de Inverno, de Ítalo Calvino, por exemplo. Ela também analisa filmes como 8 1/2 de Federico Felinni e algumas produções do que ficou conhecido como "o cinema feminista". Um bom livro, mas que eu gostaria que tivesse menos análises específicas e mais debate sobre desconstrução de gênero em si.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Olly

    fucking incredible. I want to give teresa a hug because this book opened my brain in ways I can't even begin to describe. absolutely essential for feminists who want a stronger basis in continental philosophy fucking incredible. I want to give teresa a hug because this book opened my brain in ways I can't even begin to describe. absolutely essential for feminists who want a stronger basis in continental philosophy

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cody M

    Feminist film theory text that reinterprets Althusser's work with respect to gender politics. The chapter on Juliet of the Spirits is one of the highlights because it concisely explains the political discourses of that movie with respect to Fellini's authorship and its supposed feminist impulses. Another chapter of note is the one on Rainer's work and in particular her movie The Man Who Envied Women. Feminist film theory text that reinterprets Althusser's work with respect to gender politics. The chapter on Juliet of the Spirits is one of the highlights because it concisely explains the political discourses of that movie with respect to Fellini's authorship and its supposed feminist impulses. Another chapter of note is the one on Rainer's work and in particular her movie The Man Who Envied Women.

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