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dc.contributor.authorTimár, Eszter
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-16T14:43:33Z
dc.date.available2023-06-16T14:43:33Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.issn0969-725X, 1469-2899
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/0969725X.2023.2167793
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14018/14001
dc.description.abstractBridging feminist new materialism and feminist phenomenology, Astrida Neimanis’s volume, Bodies of Water, discusses water in terms of nurturing maternality based on a figural reservoir of what she terms “amniotics” and “planetary breastmilk” in order to posit this maternality as the material condition of the embodiment of life. In this article I show that this imagery is a construction consistently haunted by figures of anxiety and loss. I do this by first revisiting earlier interventions in deconstruction concerning materiality and feminist theory as follows. First, pointing out a resonance between this figuration of wateriness and Kant’s notion of the dynamic sublime, I turn to Paul de Man’s reading of materiality in the Kantian sublime in order to suggest that Neimanis’s figuration of maternal water is an effect of an aesthetic ideology. Subsequently, I will revisit Diana Fuss’s reading of Irigaray – Neimanis’s main feminist resource – to show that the ontological status of water as maternal is constructed via an Irigarayan distinction between metaphor and metonymy. Finally, in order to show ways in which the maternal materiality of water is haunted by figures of anxiety and loss, I will consult Elissa Marder’s more recent work on the maternal function.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.rightsCC BY-NC-ND 4.0
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.titleMÈRE MÉTAPHORE: The maternal materiality of water in astrida neimanis’s bodies of water
dc.typeJournal article
dc.source.journaltitleAngelaki
dc.source.volume28
dc.source.issue1
dc.source.spage128
dc.source.epage138
dc.description.versionPublished version
refterms.dateFOA2023-06-18T11:56:38Z
dc.contributor.unitDepartment of Gender Studies
dc.source.journalabbrevAngelaki
dc.identifier.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0969725X.2023.2167793


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