Luce Irigaray: Teaching explores ways to confront new issues in education. Three essays by Irigaray herself present the outcomes of her own experiments in this area and develop proposals for teaching people how to coexist in difference, reach self-affection, and rethink the relations between teachers and students.
In the last few years, Irigaray has brought together young academics from various countries, universities and disciplines, all of whom were carrying out research into her work. These research students have received personal instruction from Irigaray and at the same time have learnt from one another by sharing with the group their own knowledge and experience. Most of the essays in this book are the result of this dynamic way of learning that fosters rigour in thinking as well as mutual respect for differences.
The central themes of the volume focus on five cultural fields: methods of recovery from traumatic personal or cultural experience; the resources that arts offer for dwelling in oneself and with the other(s); the maternal order and feminine genealogy; creative interpretation and embodiment of the divine; and new perspectives in philosophy. This innovative collaborative project between Irigaray and researchers involved in the study of her work gives a unique insight into the topics that have occupied this influential international theorist over the last thirty years.
Introduction, Luce Irigaray
Part I: Healing Through Gaining Silence and Self-Affection
1. Reborn from Silence and Touch: Gender Violence in Southern Africa', Jessica Murray (University of York, UK)
2. Virginal Thresholds, Cristine Labuski (University of Texas, Austin, USA)
3. 'The Power to Love without Desiring to Possess': Feminine Becoming Through Silence in the Texts of Antonia While, Sherah Wells (University of Warwick, UK)
Part II: Dwelling in Oneself and with the Other(s) Through Art
4. Music and the Voice of the Other: An Engagement with Irigaray's Thinking and Feminine Artistic Musical Performance, Esther Zaplana (Northumbria University, UK)
5. 'But What if the Object Started to Speak?': The Representation of Female Consciousness On Screen, Lucy Bolton (Queen Mary, University of London)
6. Architectural Issues in Building Community Through Luce Irigaray's Perspective on Being-Two, Andrea Wheeler (University of Nottingham, UK)
7. Touching Hands, Cultivating Dwelling, Helen Fielding (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Part III: The Material Order Within and Beyond Patriarchy
8.Swallowing Ice: Mothers and Daughters in Dacia Maraini's L'età del malessere and Colomba, Christina Siggers Manson (University of Kent, UK)
9. The Maternal Order Through Luce Irigaray in the Work of Diamela Eltit, Mary Green (Swansea University, UK)
10. Feminine Generations: The Maternal Order and Mythic Time, Gillian Howie (University of Liverpool, UK)
Part IV: Interpreting and Embodying the Divine
11. Disinterring the Divine Law: Rediscovering Female Genealogy in the Rites of Death, Sabrina L. Hom (SUNY Stony Brook, USA)
12. Writing the Body of Christ: Each Flesh Becoming Word, Emily Holmes (Emory University, USA)
13. Sharing Air: Becoming Two in the Spirit, Roland J. De Vries (McGill University, Canada)
14. A Future Shaped by Love: Towards a Feminist Geography of Development and Spirituality, Eleanor Sanderson (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Part V: New Philosophical Horizons
15. Expression and Speaking-With in the Work of Luce Irigaray, Donald Landes (SUNY Stony Brook, USA)
16. On Rivers, Words, and Becoming Other: The Importance of Style in Luce Irigaray's Work, Laine M. Harrington (Graduate Theological Union, USA)
17. Masculine and Feminine Approaches to Nature, Karen I. Burke (SUNY Stony Brook, USA)
Part VI: Essays by Luce Irigaray
Teaching How to Meet in Difference (2004)
The Return (2005)
Listening, Thinking, Teaching (2006)
Afterword, Michael Worton (UCL, UK)
Notes on Contributors
Luce Irigaray by Luce Irigaray was published by Continuum in September 2008. The ISBN for Luce Irigaray is 9781847060686.