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ERIC Number: ED310433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 30
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Toward Womanspeak: Explication and Critique of Spender, Lacan, Irigaray and Kristeva's Perspectives on Women Speaking.
Puckett, Thomas F.
This essay argues for a theory that accounts for the nature and function of women's discourse through combining structure and subject. It maintains that whenever women are theorized about by scholars, those scholars are co-contributors in constituting ontologies for women's existence, and that it is therefore necessary to constitute perspectives that see women as speaking subjects in a heterogeneous process, for certain contemporary feminist theories and models that describe and explain women's discourse have failed to account for women as speaking subjects. Part one of the essay summarizes and critiques the muted group model (women seen as victims); part two summarizes and critiques the work of Jacques Lacan. Part three attempts to piece together the work of Luce Irigaray. The essay argues that although these three frameworks have been insightful, they distort, disavow, and deny women's communication. In a final section, the essay utilizes the works of Julia Kristeva, detailing a cogent discovery of women as speaking subjects in the semiotic process. Twenty-seven references are attached. (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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