Weird Beyond Words: The Transgressive Corporeality of Pregnancy and Compassion-Based Ethics

Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial Series book series (STIP)


This book is in search of a way of knowing that is fitting for a psychosocial insight into the journey women make when they become mothers for the first time. In this chapter I describe a way of thinking about transsubjective knowing and becoming that starts before birth, characterised by ‘transgressive corporeality’: the matrixial theory of Bracha Ettinger, artist, feminist and psychoanalyst. Of subjectivity, Ettinger writes, ‘we are at the same time both one and several, on different trajectories’ (Ettinger, 1996a, pp.152–153) and this feature of identity is embodied in pregnancy.


Matrixial Theory Classic Ontology Phone Conversation Matrixial Ethic Ethical Space 
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© Wendy Hollway 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Open UniversityUK

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