The Straight Mind And Other Essays

The Straight Mind And Other Essays These political philosophical and literary essays mark the first collection of theoretical writing from the acclaimed novelist and French feminist writer Monique Wittig

  • Title: The Straight Mind And Other Essays
  • Author: Monique Wittig
  • ISBN: 9780807079164
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Hardcover
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    These political, philosophical, and literary essays mark the first collection of theoretical writing from the acclaimed novelist and French feminist writer Monique Wittig.

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    • Mentai says:

      Wittig is a radical and refreshing read. I loved many of these essays. Her language is concise and the essays are short but she gets the ideas delivered so well. oh yes and helping me through another thought challenge in the thesis. Nice to think with.

    • Kira says:

      I'm still reading this with Serano's new book in the back of my mind, and especially with Wittig's essays in the front of my mind, since Butler deals with her "materialist feminism" quite a bit. For Wittig, all gender, "male" and "female" is part of a single construct which patriarchal oppression created-- not vice versa (she equates sexual difference theory a la Irigaray with blaming the victim). Gender is how patriarchy marks bodies so that they are processed through the usual undisturbed chan [...]

    • Steven says:

      As a reader who is infinitely interested in gender politics, I found this collection of philosophical essays very valuable. Because of this background, this book was not as mind bending for me as I’m sure it would be for some readers, yet Wittig’s slant on gender identity and how it relates to writing was different enough that I was opened to some new ideas. The first idea that struck me came from the book’s eponymous essay that challenges the notion that “what founds society, any socie [...]

    • Steph says:

      Wittig is probably brilliant, and as a communications and women's studies double-major, I should love this book. But her language is just so complex, I had a terribly hard time deciphering her meanings. Maybe someday I'll be ready to give this one another try.

    • laura says:

      'the category of sex' & 'one is not born a woman'

    • Ernest says:

      Clear influence, and references to numerous other schools of thought: Marxist dialectics, Structuralist linguists and Semiology are a few of the critical theories Wittig incorporates to deliver her theses. At its very core, these essays center around rejecting heterosexuality- not just -normativity, and systems of gender that oppress, rob, take. I don't really identify as a Feminist, much less a radical one like hers.I was thus quite surprised to see my initial skepticism and even ridicule at so [...]

    • Mandy E says:

      I love the essays on the constitutive power of language, and her ideas about how that which language assumes as the universal becomes a tyranny in itself (white, male, heterosexual). Question: does Wittig advocate making 'Lesbian' into another sexual class? One hand seems to present the idea that sexual identities are unstable and oppressive, but the other hand seems to reserve some signification for homosexual identity. Uncomfortable with the use of historical slavery as a simile & metaphor [...]

    • Melinda says:

      I enjoyed some of the essays at the beginning — although I don't think "lesbians are not women" or "destroy acknowledgment of biological sex" are practical strategies in the actual world, Wittig offers a powerful critique of the "political regime" of heterosexuality and women's marked sex role — but her writing is often much too abstract for me, and especially when she delves into literary theory and Greek philosophy, it has a tendency to go entirely over my head (see the second half of the [...]

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    • Valeria Nicoletti says:

      Testo complesso, con notevoli intuizioni, forse a volte troppo tecnico, filosofico, minuzioso, macchinoso. Ma Monique Wittig è una leggenda, un astro, a torto, minore, della scrittura e della storia della letteratura e vale la pena fare un piccolo sforzo per conoscerla meglio, entrare in punta di piedi nel suo mondo.

    • Soraya says:

      Enjoyed:"Preface""The Category of Sex""One is Not Born a Woman""The Straight Mind""On The Social Contract"Didn't understand (and mainly referring other works and the process of writing):"Homo Sum""The Point of View: Universal or Particular""The Trojan Horse""The Mark of Gender""The Site of Action"

    • Scott Moore says:

      Genderqueer before the concept had been coined and commodified. Quotes about lesbians not being women, the "'I' exalted, and excess are easily - and often - decontextualized and misinterpreted/misused.

    • Consuelo says:

      Theoretically brilliant, even if a (poltical) "child of its time".

    • JackLeGeth says:

      Intéressant, important. La seconde partie est peut être un peu + complexe, dense, très axé linguistique et philosophie. Le tout se révèle néanmoins indispensable : un classique à avoir.

    • Jessica says:

      Fabulous and still thought-provoking.

    • Trish says:

      wittig is brilliant. this is one of a handful of feminist texts that radically changed the way i saw the world.

    • Catherine says:

      lesbian feminism

    • Annick says:

      Strikingly readable, incredibly important work. Je l'ai lu en français alors que les essais ont été d'abord publiés en anglais. "Lesbians are not women." (Wittig, 1978)

    • Nancy says:

      amazing. truly a revolutionary thinker.

    • Monica says:

      Wittig is a genius. Her perspectives on gender, sexuality, and social constructions are dead on and I wish everyone would read a copy of this book. It would make for a much more openminded world.

    • Andreea says:

      So many different kinds of awesomeh, I mean, yes, obviously, the systematic oppression of women is quite the opposite of awesome, Monique Wittig, however, is its epitome.

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