Contemporary Feminist Utopianism (Women and Politics) by Lucy Sargisson

By Lucy Sargisson

A brand new and tough access into the debates among feminism and postmodernism, modern Feminist Utopianism demanding situations a few easy preconceptions in regards to the function of political conception at the present time. Sargisson explores present debates inside of utopian reviews, feminist thought and poststructuralist deconstruction. Utopian considering is accessible as a path out of the drawback of latest feminism in addition to a fashion of conceptualizing its present scenario. This publication presents an exploration of, and workout in, utopian proposal.

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Briefly, then, More’s Utopia engages in contemporaneous debates about the relation between the crown and church, the role and nature of the state, the relation between the crown and people, and social implications of the changing economic infrastructure. It 25 APPROACHING UTOPIANISM engages as well in intellectual debates with which contemporary humanist thought was preoccupied, namely the relation between morality and expediency, and the function of counsel. Book I, Hytholoday’s commentary on the problem of theft in England, sets the scene for entry into these debates.

Utopian texts are, I have suggested, of a political nature in that they are engaged in political debate and with political issues. They have a critical edge in that they challenge the political present. Perfection is not a utopian convention, and I have argued that the dynamic utopia is not a myth. Many of these points will be developed further in the subsequent discussions of approaches which privilege function. I should like, for now, to set aside this approach and to shift focus slightly to approaches that use content in a broader sense.

Beulah fetishizes the feminine form; New York was phallocentric in form, Beulah is shaped after the circle. This world of women is not presented as perfect, ideal or a blueprint. Rather, it is a place of madness, the madness born of fundamentalism and blind faith. The women of 22 FORM-BASED AND CONTENT-BASED APPROACHES Beulah volunteer to donate one of their breasts to their spiritual leader, the goddess incarnate who is Mother: It is the home of the woman who calls herself the Great Patricide, also glories in the title of Grand Emasculator; ecstasy their only anaesthetic, the priests of Cybele sheared off their parts to exalt her, ran bleeding, psalmodising, crazed through the streets.

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