By S. Roseneil
Past Citizenship? Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging pushes debates approximately citizenship and feminist politics in new instructions, not easy us to imagine 'beyond citizenship', and to have interaction in feminist re-theorizations of the event and politics of belonging.
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Edward’s desire to achieve greatness and esteem in the education system, a system that values the same competitiveness that Woolf argues leads to war, is also a desire to sexually possess Kitty. Through using Antigone as the ﬁgure through which Edward’s desire for privilege and his desire for Kitty intersects, Woolf highlights Antigone, in The Years as she does in Three Guineas, as a ﬁgure who symbolizes the interconnection between domination and patriarchal privilege. Interestingly though, The Years also presents a different reading of Antigone through Sara’s reading of the text.
It is this student’s identiﬁcation with a moment that Freeman assumes is ‘past’ that forces her to consider how this kind of temporal drag, far from a simple parody of the 1970s stereotype of ‘lesbian,’ actually might work in more complicated ways. Freeman utilizes the language of melancholia, but pushes it to think about how it might function in collective feminist politics. While melancholia, in both Freud (1917) and Butler’s (1997) conceptions, is used to describe the psychic life of individuals, Freeman looks at instances of cross-temporal identiﬁcation to consider how melancholy might also be a quality of political movements.
Elshtain, J. B. (1989) ‘Antigone’s Daughters Reconsidered: Continuing Reﬂections on Women, Politics, and Power’ in S. K. ) Life-World and Politics: Between Modernity and Postmodernity (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press), pp. 222–235. Elshtain, J. B. (1996) ‘The Mothers of the Disappeared: An Encounter with Antigone’s Daughters’ in P. G. ) Finding a New Feminism: Rethinking the Woman Question for Liberal Democracy (Lanham: Rowman & Littleﬁeld Publishers), pp. 129–147. Freeman, E. (2000) ‘Packing History, Count(er)ing Generations,’ New Literary History 31 (4), 727–744.
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