Visceral politics: An oxymoron?
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Elizabeth Wilson, Gut Feminism. Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2015, i–x, 1–230pp., US$23.95, ISBN: 978-0822359708
The title of Elizabeth Wilson’s Gut Feminism promises to get down and dirty, to immerse itself in the hidden plumbing and wiring of corporeal being. And yet even this simple description fails to capture the site and substance of Wilson’s fascinations, or why her intervention will prove so difficult. The problem is this: How do we talk aboutthe body’s interiority when our argument chafes at the routine segregation of meat from mind, object from subject and inside from outside? How do we affirm cultural constructionism’s important critique of Cartesianism and the conservative implications of its divisive political legacy when that same critique recuperates its oppositional and hierarchical logic even more forcefully? What can be done when biology becomes an embarrassment, a matter to be eschewed and removed from what we understand as the political? As this review is...
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