Irigaray on the Problem of Subjectivity1
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
1991 by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 64–76, June 1991
How to Cite
Schutte, O. (1991), Irigaray on the Problem of Subjectivity. Hypatia, 6: 64–76. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1991.tb01393.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
In Speculum of the Other Woman (1974), Luce Irigaray argues that “any theory of the subject has always been appropriated by the masculine.” This paper offers an analysis of Irigaray's critique of subjectivity and examines the psychological mechanism referred to as “the phallic economy of castration.” A different way of conceiving the relation between subject and object is explored by imagining a new subject of desire.