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    Mimesis, Alteration and Interruption. Bartleby, Antigone and a Feminist Politics.Alejandra Castillo - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):17-22.
    The article is proposed as a reading of A Feminist Theory of Refusal (2021), by Bonnie Honig. Under the assumption that Honig has the merit of introducing into feminist political theory a thought of rejection patiently elaborated from a commentary on literary figures such as Antigone and Bartleby, the article interrogates the logic of resistance that these figurations of negativity advance. From the perspective of A Feminist Theory of Refusal, the names of Antigone and Bartleby are not only subjective indications (...)
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    What Does our Feminism Need? Notes on a History “en sordina”.Gisela Catanzaro - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):11-16.
    El presente texto propone una lectura de A Feminist Theory of Refusal asumiendo como propia la doble clave teórica y política que el libro sostiene. En la primera parte se resumen los puntos centrales de Honig sobre el tipo de complejización e impurificación de la teoría vigente que el drama Las Bacantes de Eurípides habilitaría, y sobre la importancia de esta nueva conceptualización para la práctica política feminista. A continuación se formulan algunos interrogantes respecto del proceso histórico en el cual (...)
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    “Splendid Failures”: Inclination, Slow Regicide, and Performative Critique.Luke Edmeads - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):51-56.
    This paper focuses on Honig’s critical reworking of the concept of inclination and her concept of “slow regicide”. With “slow regicide” Honig describes a performative critique of the violence of the patriarchal order. However, what Honig underestimates, I argue, is that this intervention must itself be non-violent if it is not to reinstate patriarchal violence. My suggestion is that paying closer attention to the performativity of inclination shows how “slow regicide” enables a non-violent refusal in which the normativity of patriarchy (...)
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    Feminist Arrivals: The Arc of Refusal and the Right to (Leave) the City.Mareike Gebhardt - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):37-43.
    The paper discusses the three stations of an arc of refusal elaborated in Bonnie Honig’s recent book A Feminist Theory of Refusal (2021). Asking why a feminist refusal needs to return to the city, the paper claims a right to leave the city without returning. The critique reads Honig’s recent book in the light of former publications, especially Honig’s Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics from 1993. It shows how a thinking of the ambivalence between settlement and unsettlement shapes (...)
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    Archives of Refusal.Bonnie Honig - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):63-66.
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    Toward a new imagination of revolutionary struggle. Conversations with Bonnie Honig’s A Feminist Theory of Refusal.Viktoria Huegel - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):1-3.
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    “Failing splendidly” and the price of success: Feminist struggle between revolution and reformation.Viktoria Huegel - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):57-62.
    With Euripides’s Bacchae Honig, in A Feminist Theory of Refusal (2021), chooses a story that easily can be read as an “errant path”: the story of a group of “honey-mad” women who, driven by a Dionysian force, slaughter their own kin and are eventually put back into place by fatherly reprimand. Against that, Honig retells the story of the women of Cithaeron as what W.E.B. Du Bois called a “splendid failure” - “a possibility first nurtured outside the city is extinguished, (...)
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    Return to the City to Claim It: Temporalities and Locations of Feminist Refusal.Catherine Koekoek - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):23-29.
    One of the main contributions of A Feminist Theory of Refusal is its connection of everyday action and prefigurative practices with an explicit commitment to structural change. But how such change happens, and what kind of relations it implies between ‘the city’ (as the existing political community) and feminist heterotopias of refusal, remains unclear. Reading Honig’s work as a prefigurative theory, I argue that it links moments of doing-otherwise with moments of institutional politics, sparking questions about the conditions of a (...)
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    Inoperativity as a form of Refusal: On Bonnie Honig’s Reading of Agamben.German Primera - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):45-49.
    The aim of this article is to follow Honig's intention of thinking inoperativity as a form of refusal. It demonstrates that Agamben's inoperativity entails an intensification of use that can circumvent the pitfalls associated with the language of 'demands,' or the need to rescue the city as the space of the political par excellence, all while preserving its potential for instituting change. I claim that all destitution entails instituting practices and forms of experimentation that modify the subject, and that, with (...)
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    On Arcs, Arrows, and Eating with One’s Hands as if There’s No Tomorrow: Some Notes on Bonnie Honig’s A Feminist Theory of Refusal.Liesbeth Schoonheim - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):5-10.
    In this essay, I explore some key notions in Bonnie Honig's A Feminist Theory of Refusal. Juxtaposing her speculative reading of Euripides' Bacchae to Ursula K Le Guin's essay on the 'Carrier Bag Theory of Storytelling,' I argue that the women in the tragedy can be considered neither as imitating masculine, violent hunter-heroes, nor as surreptiously embodying feminine, caring gatherer-mothers. Following their refusal to care and to think about tomorrow, I conclude by suggesting that a critical fabulation of the women's (...)
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    Unruly Truth: On Parrhesia and/as Political Refusal.Sergej Seitz - 2024 - Res Pública. Revista de Historia de Las Ideas Políticas 27 (1):31-36.
    This article employs Bonnie Honig’s concepts of refusal and intensification to conceptualize the ancient practice of ‘parrhesia’ as a form of conflictual, political truth-telling. This entails envisaging political truth-telling as an intense, agonal practice that does not establish unalterable foundations but takes part in world-building practices. To this end, I first reconstruct parrhesia as an agonistic practice of truth-telling. Against this background, I take up Honig’s concept of intensification to make sense of parrhesia’s intricate political stakes with reference to Euripides’s (...)
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