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Hélène Cixous and the feminine divine
Author: Sal Renshaw

This book is about abundant, generous, other-regarding love. In the history of Western ideas of love, such a configuration has been inseparable from our ideas about divinity and the sacred, often reserved only for God and rarely thought of as a human achievement. The book is a substantial engagement with Cixous's philosophies of love, inviting the reader to reflect on the conditions of subjectivity that just might open us to something like a divine love of the other. It follows this thread in this genealogy of abundant love: the thread that connects the subject of love from fifth-century-b.c.e. Greece and Plato, to the twentieth-century protestant theology of agapic love of Anders Nygren, to the late twentieth-century poetico-philosophy of Hélène Cixous.

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Sal Renshaw

Cixous is also offering us a very different picture of the subjects of divine love from that which derives from the concept of mutuality that is currently favoured in many feminist theologies. While, as I have noted, mutuality undoubtedly challenges the underlying hierarchical power structures that have informed intersubjective possibilities within patriarchal cultures, it nonetheless retains a commitment to dualism that undoes the very assertion that subjectivity itself is a relational concept. On the other hand, Cixous’ attention to the epistemological conditions of

in The subject of love
Declan Long

sectarian attachments to territory, but the terms on which new definitions of community and new articulations of citizenship might be founded are being rapidly set through the imposition of consumerist models of identity drawn-​up in multi-​national corporate contexts. (In some ways, we can argue that the class dimensions of this ‘troubled society’, too-​often underplayed, are becoming visible in new and unexpected ways.) Today, artists have often been among those who have sought to create spaces of alternative questioning with regard to the conditions of subjectivity and

in Ghost-haunted land
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The seductions of Terror amid the tyranny of the human
Julian Reid

on its antagonist – a subject – with the aim of drawing out and fulfilling the most definitive desire of that antagonist. Seduction functions as strategy through the abnegation of one’s own productive desire in order to render subject the desire of one’s enemy which without that abnegation of self could not be fulfilled and yet which in its fulfilment destroys [ 76 ] 2935 The Biopolitics 12/9/06 11:06 Page 77 Defiant life the enemy’s own conditions of subjectivity. That basic desire is, Baudrillard argues, the desire of the subject for its own death, or

in The biopolitics of the war on terror
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John Corner

its causality and its consequences in any particular instance presents difficulties and generates dispute. The final focus of most debates about media power concerns the transfer or generation of meanings and of value. These debates are essentially (if not always explicitly) about conditions of subjectivity, of awareness, knowledge and affective orientation. Even if the primary evidence of media power is present in given economic circumstances (as in the structure and pattern of information and entertainment distribution) or in institutional scale and prominence (as

in Theorising Media
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‘Northern Irish art’ in the wider world
Declan Long

understandings of location and locatedness. Some sought to initiate expanded, diversified or radically altered processes of mapping and imagining terrains of multiple kinds. There were diverse efforts to explore the specific conditions of a location, and to newly 59 60 Ghost-haunted land understand the relationship between one place and another. Significant too were efforts made by certain artists to speculate on how spatial and territorial realities shape conditions of subjectivity. Some such works were explicitly engaged with conditions of place in Northern Ireland

in Ghost-haunted land
Sal Renshaw

classic Greek antiquity or from the Judaic and Christian traditions. Clearly Cixous does not envisage her use of religious references in the same way as those working within the domains of Jewish and Christian feminist theology. Yet, in her commitment to rethinking gender relations, and to thinking through the conditions of subjectivity that might sustain and support a 84 96 Grace Jantzen’s Becoming Divine (1999) provides a critical account of the differences between the concerns of French feminist writers like Cixous, with respect to religion, and those of analytic

in The subject of love