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MONIQUE WITTIG AND THE REVOLUTION OF PRONOUNS

MONIQUE WITTIG AND THE REVOLUTION OF PRONOUNS GLQ: A JOURNAL OF LeSBIAN AND GAy StUDIeS Laure Murat On Monique Wittig: Theoretical, Political, and Literary Essays Namascar Shaktini, ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005. xvi + 230 pp. Books entirely devoted to Monique Wittig are infrequent enough to make us pay special attention to the book edited by Namascar Shaktini, who has dedicated her whole academic career to the study of the author of The Straight Mind and Other Essays.1 The volume is divided into five sections, but one can immediately see that “Critical Approaches” (section 3) is not only the physical center and the longest section but also the core of the book’s intellectual project. Its aim, summarized in the preface, is to “respond to influential misreadings” — transparently targeting Judith Butler’s critique, in Gender Trouble, of Wittig’s work — “that dismiss her [Wittig’s] writing as ‘essentialist’, ‘humanist’ and/or ‘lesbian separatist’ ” (ix). 2 If this statement fails to answer questions such as what constitutes a “misreading” (is it an erroneous interpretation? a misunderstanding? or a provocative dialogue?) and is silent about the reasons why this misreading was so “influential,” some of the responses are nevertheless rich and stimulating. Teresa de Lauretis’s contribution, carefully http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

MONIQUE WITTIG AND THE REVOLUTION OF PRONOUNS

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Duke University Press
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© 2007 by Duke University Press
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1064-2684
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1064-2684
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10.1215/10642684-2007-020
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GLQ: A JOURNAL OF LeSBIAN AND GAy StUDIeS Laure Murat On Monique Wittig: Theoretical, Political, and Literary Essays Namascar Shaktini, ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005. xvi + 230 pp. Books entirely devoted to Monique Wittig are infrequent enough to make us pay special attention to the book edited by Namascar Shaktini, who has dedicated her whole academic career to the study of the author of The Straight Mind and Other Essays.1 The volume is divided into five sections, but one can immediately see that “Critical Approaches” (section 3) is not only the physical center and the longest section but also the core of the book’s intellectual project. Its aim, summarized in the preface, is to “respond to influential misreadings” — transparently targeting Judith Butler’s critique, in Gender Trouble, of Wittig’s work — “that dismiss her [Wittig’s] writing as ‘essentialist’, ‘humanist’ and/or ‘lesbian separatist’ ” (ix). 2 If this statement fails to answer questions such as what constitutes a “misreading” (is it an erroneous interpretation? a misunderstanding? or a provocative dialogue?) and is silent about the reasons why this misreading was so “influential,” some of the responses are nevertheless rich and stimulating. Teresa de Lauretis’s contribution, carefully

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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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