Found Cluster on Luce Irigaray
The Divine Horizon: Rethinking Political Community in Luce Irigaray's “Divine Women”
Article first published online: 6 DEC 2012
© by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 436–451, Summer 2013
How to Cite
Hinton, P. (2013), The Divine Horizon: Rethinking Political Community in Luce Irigaray's “Divine Women”. Hypatia, 28: 436–451. doi: 10.1111/hypa.12014
- Issue published online: 6 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 15 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 7 FEB 2012
The question of the transcendent, that which operates above and beyond the material stuff of the world, remains an enduring one for feminism, bound up as it is with the foundations of feminism's corporeal politics and the definition of its political subject. With the specificity of the situated and meaningful body grounding feminist politics, the universal and neutral status of the speaking subject has been diagnosed as masculine, and unable to properly account for sexed differences. On this basis, political community, collectivity forged along the lines of a common identity, is considered important in the realization of feminist political goals, yet is also problematic in view of its reliance upon a universal category of identity through which to motivate for political change. Acknowledging these tensions, this paper revisits Luce Irigaray's essay “Divine Women” to suggest that in her rethinking of the divine as a shared horizon through which women can potentially achieve autonomy, the nature of the transcendent, the universal, and the identity of the feminine are also reconfigured in surprising ways. In a specific address to the dilemma of political community, Irigaray makes available a notion of the divine that is already differently inhabited.