Feminist Imagination

004680About This Book 

Reading feminist theory as a complex imaginative achievement, Feminist Imagination considers feminist commitment through the interrogation of its philosophical, political and affective connections with the past, and especially with the `race’ trials of the twentieth century. The book looks at: the ‘directionlessness’ of contemporary feminist thought; the question of essentialism and embodiment; the racial tensions in the work of Simone de Beauvoir; the totalitarian character in Hannah Arendt; the ‘mimetic Jew’ and the concept of mimesis in the work of Judith Butler.

Vikki Bell provides a compelling rethinking of feminist theory as bound up with attempts to understand oppression outside a focus on ‘women’. She affirms feminism as a site and mode of making these connections.

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Table of Contents 

Affirming Feminism

Phantastic Communities and Dangerous Thinking

Feminist Political Imagination


Thinking Politics with Simone de Beauvoir and Richard Wright


Thinking Difference in the Political Realm with Hannah Arendt

Mimesis as Cultural Survival

Judith Butler and Anti-Semitism

Essentialism and Embodiment

The Politics Behind the Paranoia


Trauma and Temporality in Genealogical Feminist Critique

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Web Extra

Other articles on the this topic available to read at SAGE Journals online:

Theory Culture and Society

Body and Society

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Other Books on the Topic 

Other books on feminist Theory available here Other books on Sociology of Gender available at: here

Other books on Social Theory available here

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Other Books by the Author 

Vikki Bell

Performativity and Belonging, (1999)

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