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Differences that Matter


  • Page extent: 232 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.38 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 305.42/01
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HQ1190 .A35 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Feminist theory
    • Postmodernism
    • Democracy--Europe, Eastern
    • Democracy--Balkan Peninsula
    • Democratization--Europe, Eastern

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521597616 | ISBN-10: 0521597617)

Differences That Matter challenges existing ways of theorising the relationship between feminism and postmodernism which ask 'is or should feminism be modern or postmodern?' Sara Ahmed suggests that postmodernism has been allowed to dictate feminist debates and calls instead for feminist theorists to speak (back) to postmodernism, rather than simply speak on (their relationship to) it. Such a 'speaking back' involves a refusal to position postmodernism as a generalisable condition of the world and requires closer readings of what postmodernism is actually 'doing' in a variety of disciplinary contexts. Sara Ahmed hence examines constructions of postmodernism in relation to rights, ethics, subjectivity, authorship, meta-fiction and film.

• Innovative approach to relationships between feminism and postmodernism, and postmodernism and modernism • Combines theory with analysis of concrete political issues and cultural texts, and autobiography • Provides close reading of key theoretical and literary texts


Introduction: speaking back; 1. Rights; 2. Ethics; 3. Woman; 4. Subjects; 5. Authorship; 6. (Meta)fictions; 7. Screens; Conclusion: events that move us.

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