Elizabeth Grosz

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Elizabeth Grosz is the Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Professor in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University. She has written on French philosophers, including Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, as well as Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva and Michèle Le Dœuff.


Grosz studied philosophy as an undergraduate. In an interview, she said that she had thought very deeply about the meaning of life since the age of 12, so she was happy to find a university subject that allowed for the study of such issues.[1]

Grosz received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Sydney in 1980.[2] She taught there from 1978 until 1991. In 1992, she became the director of the Institute of Critical and Cultural Studies at Monash University. From 1999 to 2001 she worked at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and she taught at Rutgers University from 2002 until joining Duke University's faculty in 2012.[3] She has held visiting professor positions at University of Bergen, Norway; the University of Technology, Sydney; University of California, Santa Cruz; Johns Hopkins University; and Harvard University.[4]

In 1997, Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism was reviewed by Joan Mason-Grant in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Mason-Grant said that the book "is offered as a wager that all the significant features and complexities of subjectivity can be as adequately explained using corporeality as a framework as they can using consciousness or the unconscious."[5]

Debra Bergoffen reviewed Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction in the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, writing, "As a sympathetic critic of Lacan, Grosz delivers what her book's title promises, a good, clear sensitive account of Lacan's ideas and an intelligent rendering of why these ideas are important for feminism."[6]


  • Sexual Subversions: Three French Feminists (1989)
  • Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction (1990)
  • Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (1994)
  • Space, Time and Perversion: Essays on the Politics of Bodies (1995)
  • Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space (2001)
  • The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution and the Untimely (2004)
  • Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power (2005)
  • Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth (2008)
  • Becoming Undone. Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics and Art (2011)

Edited books[edit]

  • Feminist Challenges. Social and Political Theory (1986), co-edited with Carole Pateman
  • Language, Semiotics, Ideology (1986), co-edited with Terry Threadgold, Gunter Kress and MAK Halliday
  • Futur*Fall. Excursions into Postmodernity (1987), co-edited with Terry Threadgold, David Kelly and Alan Cholodenko
  • Crossing Boundaries. Feminism and the Critique of Knowledges (1988), co-edited with Barbara Caine and Marie de Lepervanche
  • Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism (1995), co-edited with Elspeth Probyn
  • Becomings: Explorations in Time, Memory and Futures (1999)


  1. ^ "Bodies of Philosophy: An Interview with Elizabeth Grosz". Stance 7: 115–126. April 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ Psychoanalysis and social construction of subjectivity
  3. ^ Women’s Studies Welcomes Elizabeth Grosz to Duke!
  4. ^ "Design and Violence: Elizabeth Grosz". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ Mason-Grant, Joan (1997). "Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism by Elizabeth Grosz (review)". Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 12 (4): 211–217. JSTOR 3810742. 
  6. ^ Bergoffen, Debra (1993). "Jacques Lacan: A Feminist lntroduction (review)". Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 5 (1): 108–111. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 

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