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Summary Structuralism, as it was founded in early 20th c. linguistics and anthropology, makes binary opposition foundational to a study of culture, and the male/female opposition is key among such binaries. The critique of such binary oppositions found in poststructuralism thus lends itself naturally to feminist philosophical approaches. Poststructural feminism explores alliances with - among other movements and thinkers - Derridean deconstruction, Foucauldian analyses of power and biopolitics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Deleuzian philosophy. Putting gender at center stage, it is interested in critiquing and displacing subject/object relations of all kinds, including those of race, economics and class, transnational and postcolonial dynamics, and bodily ability. It thrives in dynamic interaction with existential, phenomenological, psychoanalytic, historicist, Marxist, and materialist approaches.
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Key texts in poststructural feminism include the postcolonial Marxist deconstructive feminism of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, for which see Spivak 1993, Drucilla Cornell's classic Cornell 1992 which explores deconstruction's relationship to the ethico-political projects of feminism, and Judith Butler's poststructuralist critique of gender: Butler 1990. A foundational text which lays out the connections between Marxism, psychoanalytis, and structuralism as a starting point for feminist critique is Rubin 1975:Gayle Rubin's The Traffic in Women, while Irigaray 1985 treats similar themes in a different context. For a range of readings in psychoanalytic poststructural feminism see Brennan 1989Anzaldúa 1987 is a fine example of a poststructural feminist approach to lived experience, while Haraway 1991 gives a classic feminist deconstruction of the boundary between nature and technology. For a Foucauldian approach to feminism see McLaren 2002. For a Deleuzian approach see Braidotti 2011.

Introductions Cheah 1996 : Review of two key books: Butler 1993 and Grosz 1994 grappling with the issue of materiality in a feminist poststructuralist context. Fuss 1989: Poststructuralist critiques of essentialist feminism. Cixous 1976: Classic work of poststructuralist feminism. Feder et al 1997: Collection of articles discussing relationship between Derrida and Feminism. Ziarek 2001 Comprehensive introduction to issues of ethics and politics from feminist poststructural/postmodern viewpoint.
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  1. Amy Allen (2000). Reconstruction or Deconstruction?: A Reply to Johanna Meehan. Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 (3):53-60.
    I argue that Johanna Meehan's call to examine the extra-linguistic psychic, affective and biological dimensions of gender identity is extremely important both for feminist theory in particular and for contemporary Continental philosophy in general. However, I suspect that such an examination might necessitate more than a mere expansion or reconstruction of Habermas' views; on the contrary, I suggest that Meehan's line of argument might lead instead toward a radical deconstruction of Habermasian critical theory. Key Words: feminism • Habermas • identity (...)
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  2. Amy Allen (1999). The Power of Feminist Theory: Domination, Resistance, Solidarity. Westview Press.
    Power is clearly a crucial concept for feminist theory. Insofar as feminists are interested in analyzing power, it is because they have an interest in understanding, critiquing, and ultimately challenging the multiple array of unjust power relations affecting women in contemporary Western societies, including sexism, racism, heterosexism, and class oppression.In The Power of Feminist Theory, Amy Allen diagnoses the inadequacies of previous feminist conceptions of power, and draws on the work of a diverse group of theorists of power, including Michel (...)
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  3. Aurelia Armstrong, Foucault and Feminism. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  4. Carol Bacchi (2012). Introducing the 'What's the Problem Represented to Be?' Approach. In Angelique Bletsas & Chris Beasley (eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. University of Adelaide Press.
  5. Carol Bacchi (2012). Strategic Interventions and Ontological Politics: Research as Political Practice. In Angelique Bletsas & Chris Beasley (eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. University of Adelaide Press.
  6. Kelly H. Ball (2013). &Quot;more or Less Raped&Quot;: Foucault, Causality, and Feminist Critiques of Sexual Violence. philoSOPHIA 3 (1):14.
  7. Elaine Hoffman Baruch (1996). She Speaks/He Listens: Women on the French Analyst's Couch. Routledge.
    Although much attention has been given to Jacques Lacan in his rereading of Freud and to French women analysts in their deconstruction of traditional psychoanalysis, little has been available in the US on contemporary male French analysts and their treatment of women. She Speaks/He Listens illustrates the range of thought among some well-known French male psychoanalysts today--from Lacanians to anti-Lacanians to eclectics--with regard to women and sexual difference. Through the interview format, with its possibilities for surprise and spontaneity, the book (...)
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  8. Christine Battersby (2000). Learning to Think Intercontinentally: Finding Australian Routes. Hypatia 15 (2):1-17.
    : This introductory essay argues that it is a mistake to represent Australian feminist philosophy as a kind of discourse theory that is "downstream" of the French post-structuralists or North American postmodernists. Starting with the local--and the specifically Australian modes of racial exclusion, in particular--and exploring some of the byways of philosophy, what we encounter is a range of ontological, ethical, and political models that allow a reconfiguration of self, community, and social change.
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  9. Nancy Bauer (2007). The Second Feminism. Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy.
  10. Chris Beasley & Carol Bacchi (2012). Making Politics Fleshly: The Ethic of Social Flesh. In Angelique Bletsas & Chris Beasley (eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. University of Adelaide Press. 1099.
  11. Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim, Judith Butler & Lidia Puigvert (eds.) (2003). Women & Social Transformation. P. Lang.
  12. Angelique Bletsas (2012). Spaces Between: Elaborating the Theoretical Underpinnings of the 'WPR' Approach and its Significance for Contemporary Scholarship. In Angelique Bletsas & Chris Beasley (eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. University of Adelaide Press.
  13. Angelique Bletsas & Chris Beasley (eds.) (2012). Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. University of Adelaide Press.
    This book arose out of a conference organised by the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at The University of Adelaide honouring Carol Bacchi's work and is intended to make that work accessible to a range of audiences. - from the ...
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  14. Rosi Braidotti (2011). Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory. Columbia University Press.
    Introduction -- By way of nomadism -- Context and generations -- Sexual difference theory -- On the female feminist subject : from "she-self" to "she-other" -- Sexual difference as a nomadic political project -- Organs without bodies -- Images without imagination -- Mothers, monsters, and machines -- Discontinuous becomings : Deleuze and the becoming-woman of philosophy -- Envy and ingratitude: men in feminism -- Conclusion. Geometries of passion : a conversation.
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  15. Rosi Braidotti (2002). Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming. Published by Polity Press in Association with Blackwell Publishers.
  16. Rosi Braidotti (1991). Patterns of Dissonance: A Study of Women in Contemporary Philosophy. Routledge.
  17. Ann Brooks (1997). Postfeminisms: Feminism, Cultural Theory, and Cultural Forms. Routledge.
    Once seen as synonymous with "anti-feminism" postfeminism is now understood as the theoretical meeting ground between feminism and anti-foundationalist movements such as postmodernism, post-structuralism and post-colonialsm. In this clear exposition of some of the major debates, theorists and practitioners, Ann Brooks shows how feminism is being redefined for the twenty first century. Individual chapters look at postfeminism in relation to feminist epistemology, Foucault, psychoanalytic theory and semiology, postmodernism and postcolonialism, cultural politics, popular culture, film and media, and sexuality and identity. (...)
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  18. Eloise A. Buker (1991). Can Feminism Politicize Hermeneutics and Reconstruct Deconstruction? Social Epistemology 5 (4):361 – 369.
  19. Judith Butler (1990). Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. Routledge.
    Contemporary feminist debates over the meanings of gender lead time and again to a certain sense of trouble, as if the indeterminacy of gender might eventually culminate in the failure of feminism. Perhaps trouble need not carry such a ...
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  20. Terrell Carver & Samuel A. Chambers (2008). Introduction. In Terrell Carver & Samuel Allen Chambers (eds.), Judith Butler's Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters. Routledge.
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  21. Terrell Carver & Samuel Allen Chambers (eds.) (2008). Judith Butler's Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters. Routledge.
    Judith Butler has been arguably the most important gender theorist of the past twenty years. This edited volume draws leading international political theorists into dialogue with her political theory. Each chapter is written by an acclaimed political theorist and concentrates on a particular aspect of Butler's work. The book is divided into five sections which reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Butler's work and activism: Butler and Philosophy: explores Butler’s unique relationship to the discipline of philosophy, considering her work in light (...)
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  22. Adriana Cavarero (1995). In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy. Routledge.
    This pathbreaking work pursues two interwoven themes. Firstly, it engages in a deconstruction of Ancient philosopher's texts--mainly from Plato, but also from Homer and Parmenides--in order to free four Greek female figures from the patriarchal discourse which for centuries had imprisoned them in a particular role. Secondly, it attempts to construct a symbolic female order, reinterpreting these figures from a new perspective. Building on the theory of sexual difference, Cavarero shows that death is the central category on which the whole (...)
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  23. M. H. Caviness (2010). Feminism, Gender Studies, and Medieval Studies. Diogenes 57 (1):30-45.
    This article traces the multiple and rapid changes that have occurred during the past fifteen years, in theorizing "sex/gender arrangements". A secondary aspect is the reception, application and above all modification of these theories by some scholars of European medieval cultural production, in which varieties of difference are found that do not apply in modern societies. Deconstruction of the binary m/f (whether thought of as sexual or gender difference) erupted among feminist thinkers in the 1990s and eventually "queered" academic discourses (...)
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  24. Samuel Allen Chambers (2008). Judith Butler and Political Theory: Troubling Politics. Routledge.
  25. Tina Chanter (2006). Abjection and the Constitutive Nature of Difference: Class Mourning In. Hypatia 21 (3).
    : This essay examines the connections between ignorance and abjection. Chanter relates Julia Kristeva's notion of abjection to the mechanisms of division found in feminist theory, race theory, film theory, and cultural theory. The neglect of the co-constitutive relationships among such categories as gender, race, and class produces abjection. If those categories are treated as separate parts of a person's identity that merely interlock or intermesh, they are rendered invisible and unknowable even in the very discourses about them. Race thus (...)
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  26. Tina Chanter (2000). The Trouble We (Feminists) Have Reasoning with Our Mothers: Penelope Deutscher, Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction, and the History of Philosophy. [REVIEW] Continental Philosophy Review 33 (4):487-497.
  27. Pheng Cheah (1996). Mattering. [REVIEW] Diacritics 26 (1):108-139.
  28. Maria Cimitile (2003). Book Review: Judith Butler. Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. [REVIEW] Hypatia 18 (3):221-226.
  29. Claire Colebrook (2000). From Radical Representations to Corporeal Becomings: The Feminist Philosophy of Lloyd, Grosz, and Gatens. Hypatia 15 (2):76-93.
    : Contrasting the work of Genevieve Lloyd, Elizabeth Grosz, and Moira Gatens with the poststructuralist philosophy of Judith Butler, this paper identifies a distinctive "Australian" feminism. It argues that while Butler remains trapped by the matter/representation binary, the Spinozist turn in Lloyd and Gatens, and Grosz's work on Bergson and Deleuze, are attempts to think corporeality.
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  30. Diana Coole (2008). Butler's Phenomenological Existentialism. In Terrell Carver & Samuel Allen Chambers (eds.), Judith Butler's Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters. Routledge.
  31. Drucilla Cornell (1992). The Philosophy of the Limit. Routledge.
    Deconstruction both by its friends and enemies has come to be associated with a set of cliches that completely misunderstands its ethical aspiration. It is particularly within the field of law that we can see the ethical force of deconstruction, and also illuminate its concrete and practical importance. In The Philosophy of the Limit Drucilla Cornell examines the relationship of deconstruction to questions of ethics, justice and legal interpretation. She argues that renaming deconstruction "the philosophy of the limit" will allow (...)
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  32. Drucilla Cornell (1991). Beyond Accommodation: Ethical Feminism, Deconstruction, and the Law. Routledge.
    This new edition of Drucilla Cornell's highly acclaimed book includes a substantial new introduction by the author, which situates the book within current ...
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  33. J. Dean (1994). Review Essay : Beyond the Equality/Difference dilemmaDrucilla Cornell, Beyond Accommodation: Ethical Feminism, Deconstruction and the Law (New York: Routledge, 1991) Mary Joe Frug, Postmodern Legal Feminism (New York: Routledge, 1992) Patricia J. Williams, The Alchemy of Race and Rights (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991). [REVIEW] Philosophy and Social Criticism 20 (1-2):155-170.
  34. Penelope Deutscher (1997). Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction, and the History of Philosophy. Routledge.
    Yielding Gender explores and reconsiders the tensions that deconstruction poses for feminist philosophy. Emphasizing the important role of deconstruction in revealing the ambiguity and unstable nature of gender, Penelope Deutscher asks the crucial question: does the very instability of gender mean that we can no longer talk of a man or a woman of reason in the history of philosophy? Using the work of Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida and Luce Irigaray, Deutscher explores this question by examining the issue of gender (...)
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  35. Lisa Jane Disch (2008). French Theory' Goes to France : Trouble Dans le Genre and 'Materialist' Feminism : A Conversation Manqué. In Terrell Carver & Samuel Allen Chambers (eds.), Judith Butler's Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters. Routledge.
  36. Diane Elam (1994). Feminism and Deconstruction: Ms. En Abyme. Routledge.
    Feminism and Deconstruction incisively examines the contemporary relevance of setting these movements beside one another. Diane Elam has written an intelligent and accessible introduction, which explores how feminism and deconstruction have been linked -- as theories and movements, as philosophies and disciplines. Elam's work allows the reader to rethink the political and contemplate the possibility that there is indeed life after identity politics. Feminism and Deconstruction is essential reading for anyone who needs a no-nonsense but stimulating guide through one of (...)
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  37. Diane Elam (1990). Ms. En Abyme: Deconstruction and Feminism. Social Epistemology 4 (3):293 – 308.
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  38. Carolyn Ells (2003). Foucault, Feminism, and Informed Choice. Journal of Medical Humanities 24 (3-4):213-228.
    The purpose of this paper is to show that the standard notion of informed choice is unacceptable and must be replaced. To do so, I examine Foucault's analysis of people in contemporary society, drawing attention to the ways power relations act upon us, and to the possibility of resistance. I show how feminist moral theory can be enriched by Foucault's analysis. Applying this new understanding of people and moral theory to an analysis of informed choice, I claim that the standard (...)
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  39. Ellen K. Feder, Mary C. Rawlinson & Emily Zakin (eds.) (1997). Derrida and Feminism. Routledge.
    The first-ever compilation of articles that highlights the intersection of Derridean and feminist theories--a work that represents the extensive and diverse response feminist theorists have had to Derrida, particularly to the issues of gender, identity, and the construction of the subject.
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  40. Yiftach J. H. Fehige (2003). Judith Butler. [REVIEW] Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 56 (1):75-77.
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  41. Robyn Ferrell (1991). The Passion of the Signifier and the Body in Theory. Hypatia 6 (3):172 - 184.
    The paper argues that psychoanalysis and deconstruction offer more to feminist theory than contestation. The common feminist criticisms of the work of Lacan and Derrida are not as compelling as may be thought. Among the possibilities for feminist theory using psychoanalysis and deconstruction is the scrutiny of theory as theory- and this will inevitably include scrutinizing feminist theory itself.
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  42. Helen Fielding (1996). Grounding Agency in Depth: The Implications of Merleau-Ponty's Thought for the Politics of Feminism. [REVIEW] Human Studies 19 (2):175-184.
    While poststructuralist feminist theorists have clarified our understanding of the gendered subject as produced through a matrix of language, culture, and psycho-sexual affects, they have found agency difficult to ground. I argue that this is because in these theories the body has served primarily as an inscribed surface. In response to this surface body, particular to this age, I have turned to Merleau-Ponty's concept of depth which allows us to theorize the agency crucial to feminist politics. While the poststructuralists' rejection (...)
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  43. Ann Garry (1991). Linda J. Nicholson, Ed., Feminism/Postmodernism Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 11 (2):120-122.
  44. Moira Gatens (2003). Book Review: Dorothea Olkowski. Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. [REVIEW] Hypatia 18 (3):237-239.
  45. Jill Golden (1996). The Care of the Self: Poststructuralist Questions About Moral Education and Gender. Journal of Moral Education 25 (4):381-393.
    Abstract The relationship between poststructuralist theory and ethics or values in education is a complex and relatively unexplored one, yet in classrooms the ethical implications of theory are lived out daily in the relations between teachers and children. Teachers who are interested in bringing the insights of poststructuralist theory into their work with children still tend to refer back (consciously or otherwise) to the ethics of versions of liberal humanism in making value judgements. The incongruence which results can undermine changes (...)
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  46. Susan Goodwin (2012). Women, Policy and Politics: Recasting Policy Studies. In Angelique Bletsas & Chris Beasley (eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. University of Adelaide Press.
  47. Pelagia Goulimari (1999). A Minoritarian Feminism? Things to Do with Deleuze and Guattari. Hypatia 14 (2):97-120.
    : This essay attempts to address the crucial relation of feminist philosophy to minorities inside and outside of feminism. To do so it turns to Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, focusing on their concept of "becoming minoritarian" and related concepts. Aided by close readings of two canonical but ultimately negative assessments of Deleuze and Guattari, Alice Jardine's "Woman in Limbo" and Rosi Braidotti's Patterns of Dissonance, the essay outlines and argues the merits of a "minoritarian" feminism.
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  48. E. A. Grosz (2011). Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art. Duke University Press.
    The inhuman in the humanities : Darwin and the ends of man -- Deleuze, Bergson, and the concept of life -- Bergson, Deleuze, and difference -- Feminism, materialism, and freedom -- The future of feminist theory : dreams for new knowledges -- Differences disturbing identity : Deleuze and feminism -- Irigaray and the ontology of sexual difference -- Darwin and the split between natural and sexual selection -- Sexual difference as sexual selection : Irigarayan reflections on Darwin -- Art and (...)
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  49. E. A. Grosz (2005). Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power. Duke University Press.
    Darwin and feminism: preliminary investigations into a possible alliance -- Darwin and the ontology of life -- The Nature of culture -- Law, justice, and the future -- The Time of violence: Derrida, deconstruction, and value -- Drucilla Cornell, identity, and the "Evolution" of Politics -- Philosophy, knowledge, and the future -- Deleuze, Bergson, and the virtual -- Merleau-Ponty, Bergson, and the question of ontology -- The thing -- Prosthetic objects -- Identity, sexual difference, and the future -- The Time (...)
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  50. E. A. Grosz (1994). Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism. Allen & Unwin.
    Introduction and acknowledgments Part I. Introduction 1 Refiguring bodies Part II The inside out 2 Psychoanalysis and physical topographies 3 Body images: ...
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