The Straight Mind and Other Essays

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The Straight Mind and Other Essays
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Author Monique Wittig
Original title The Straight Mind and Other Essays
Country United States
Language English
Genre Essays
Publisher Beacon Press
Publication date
1992

The Straight Mind and Other Essays is a (1992) collection of essays by Monique Wittig.

It was translated into French as La Pensée straight in 2001.[1]

Summary[edit]

Wittig delivered the titular essay in April 1979 at Barnard College's The Scholar and the Feminist Conference, The Future of Difference, as the morning keynote.[2] The essay appeared in French in Question Feministe, where the editorial collective, which included Wittig, splintered over "the lesbian question" leading to a dissolution of the collective and end to the publication.[3] It also appeared in English in Feminist Issues[4]

"One Is Not Born a Woman," delivered in September 1979 at the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Second Sex held at New York University, takes up the outcomes of Simone de Beauvoir's feminist political visions for lesbians.[5] Wittig writes, 'Lesbians are not women', under the assumption that the term 'woman' is defined by men.[6] Moreover, she compares lesbians to fugitive slaves.[7]

"The Trojan Horse," explains her theory of literature as a "war machine",[8] echoing Gilles Deleuze.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brad Epps and Jonathan Katz, 'Monique Wittig's Materialist Utopia and Radical Critique', Monique Wittig: At the Crossroads of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, special issue, Duke University Press, 2007, page 424
  2. ^ The Scholar and The Feminist Online http://sfonline.barnard.edu/sfxxx/sf06.htm, lois a. west, “French Feminist Theorists & Psychoanalytic Theory,” Off Our Backs 9, no. 7 (July 1, 1979): 4–23, doi:10.2307/25773119.
  3. ^ Namascar Shaktini, ed. On Monique Wittig: Theoretical, Political, And Literary Essays (University of Illinois Press, 2005), 9.
  4. ^ "The Straight Mind.' Feminist Issues 1. no. 1 (Summer 1980): 108-111.
  5. ^ Brad Epps and Jonathan Katz, 'Monique Wittig's Materialist Utopia and Radical Critique', Monique Wittig: At the Crossroads of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, special issue, Duke University Press, 2007, page 438
  6. ^ Brad Epps and Jonathan Katz, 'Monique Wittig's Materialist Utopia and Radical Critique', Monique Wittig: At the Crossroads of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, special issue, Duke University Press, 2007, page 425
  7. ^ Monique Wittig, 67, Feminist Writer, Dies, by Douglas Martin, January 12, 2003, New York Times
  8. ^ Brad Epps and Jonathan Katz, 'Monique Wittig's Materialist Utopia and Radical Critique', Monique Wittig: At the Crossroads of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, special issue, Duke University Press, 2007, page 442
  9. ^ Alice Jardine, 'Thinking Wittig's Differences; "Or, Failing That, Invent"', Monique Wittig: At the Crossroads of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, special issue, Duke University Press, 2007, page 459