Luce Irigaray (2436 words)

Luce Irigaray is a continental feminist thinker – though her relationship with feminism is complicated – whose work engages with philosophy, linguistics and psychoanalysis. Born in Belgium in 1932, she is one of the theorists who emerged from the French intellectual scene of the 1960s. Originally a student of Jacques Lacan, she broke decisively from Lacanian strictures with the publication of her doctoral thesis, Speculum de l’autre femme (translated as Speculum of the Other Woman), in 1974. Putting Western philosophy and psychoanalysis under the microscope and finding its positioning of women wanting, Irigaray launched her interest in sexual difference, philosophy and the feminine in the most controversial way, …

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Falcus, Sarah. "Luce Irigaray". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2011
[, accessed 19 June 2018.]

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  1. Psychoanalysis
  2. Feminism & Women's Studies

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