The Hysterical Male: New Feminist Theory by Arthur Kroker, Marilouise Kroker

By Arthur Kroker, Marilouise Kroker

The Hysterical Male is designed as a thematically focussed exploration of gender politics within the Nineteen Nineties. Initiated as a spouse quantity to physique Invaders it offers an extreme, provocative and artistic theorization of feminism lower than the failing signal of male hystericization.

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The void holds in a twofold manner: taking and keeping. ,,24 "To pour from the jug is to give. "25 "But the gift of the outpouring is what makes a jug a jug. "26 Even the empty jug suggests the gift by a "nonadmission" of which "a scythe ... "27 The thing is "nestling, malleable, pliant, compliant ... "28 The thing is "modestly compliant. "29 "Inconspicuously compliant is the thing. "30 "Nestling" is the thing. The logo of the Nestle Corporation-known for its milk-like productsdepicts a perfectly round nest-a domestic vessel-resting on a branch from which three leaves grow in trinitary symmetry.

The question of method may be a matter offraud and artifice and this is why the singularity ofIrigaray's woman and her path troubles me, for the moment, even though women's paths are the paths I am trying to mark and despite (or because of) the appeal of the certainty of knowing the path of the detour. But they wanted to know how to tell the difference between one story and another and in order to try to provide some clues it will be necessary to speak of gender markings and territorial dislocations.

It will be necessary to take a detour. A sentence about the duplicity of method is pursuing a rigorous abstract promising to demonstrate the textuality of powerful claims to knowledge, promising to give evidence ofthejictive nature of claims to truthful knowledge. lrigaray continues, "it was ... "19 A displacement then, a detour from abstract questions of method, from the easier (because legitimate) question of the relationship between the fictive and the real, the fact and the artifact, toward the materiality of institutional story-telling.

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