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Feminisms and art theory

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posted on 29.09.2011, 09:52 by Marsha MeskimmonMarsha Meskimmon
Rosi Braidotti’s description of the ‘transdisciplinary’ action of feminism, delineated above with particular reference to her concept of ‘nomadic subjectivity’, makes a useful starting point for a discussion of feminist art theory. Conceived in the plural, feminisms are an interweaving of socio-political, intellectual and material strategies which challenge and change iniquitous power relations founded upon normalising sex and gender roles. In this way, feminists question the structures which make the relationship between sex (the configuration of the body as either ‘male’ or ‘female’) and gender (the social interactions which define the continuum from ‘masculinity’ to ‘femininity’) seem natural, eternal and fixed. Feminists insist instead that the nexus of sex, gender and sexuality are only conceivable as cultural constructs through which power between individuals is managed and maintained; ‘woman’ has been defined in opposition to ‘man’ so that the structural logic of patriarchal systems would appear commonplace, not because they were or are so.

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  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Citation

MESKIMMON, M., 2002. Feminisms and art theory. IN: Smith, P. and Wilde, C., (eds). Companion to art theory. Oxford: Blackwell's, pp. 380-397.

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© Blackwell

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SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review)

Publication date

2002

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This book chapter is Closed Access. It was published in the book, Companion to Art Theory [© Blackwell]. The publisher's website is at: http://www.blackwellreference.com/

ISBN

9780470998427;9780631207627

Language

en

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