Revisiting feminist matters in the post-linguistic turn
John Dewey, new materialisms, and contemporary feminist thought
In this chapter, I sketch some recent developments in feminist thought and present these alongside John Dewey's work to assess what place pragmatism might assume in debates on contemporary, post-linguistic turn feminism. My task for this chapter is threefold: I redress the elision of pragmatism in the conversation around affect theory, new materialisms, and contemporary feminist theorising; I trace some of the confluences between Dewey's work on nature and materiality, and the new materialist work of Stacy Alaimo and Karen Barad; and finally, I argue that pragmatism can form a useful resource for those interested in addressing new materialist concerns about concrete embodiment and materiality in post-linguistic turn feminist theory.
Full citation [Harvard style]:
Fischer, C. (2018)., Revisiting feminist matters in the post-linguistic turn: John Dewey, new materialisms, and contemporary feminist thought, in C. Fischer & L. Dolezal (eds.), New feminist perspectives on embodiment, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 83-102.
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