Divine Flesh, Embodied Word
Divine Flesh, Embodied Word
Incarnation as a Hermeneutical Key to a Feminist Theologian's Reading of Luce Irigaray's Work
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Table of Contents - 7 Acknowledgements - 12 Acknowledgements 2005 - 14 Introduction - 16 I. Incarnation: the Word becomes flesh - 29 1. The order of discourse is built upon matricide - 32 A specific order of the city is established through matricide - 33 The constitution of the masculine subject is founded upon matricide - 42 2. 'And the Word became flesh': salvation or matricide? - 54 The Prologue to the Gospel of John - 56 The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed - 67 The Eucharist: this is my body, this is my blood - 71 3. Becoming woman, becoming 'hysteric': the genesis of female embodied subjectivity - 83 The order of discourse eradicates difference - 84 Becoming woman, becoming hysteric - 93 II. Incarnation: the flesh becomes Word - 109 4. The flesh: maternal, sensible, tangible and libidinal matter - 117 The flesh: blood, flesh, material elements - 119 Being is rooted in the flesh - 134 5. Morphology: corporeal, imaginary, linguistic differences between the sexes - 137 Morphology: the form of the flesh - 139 Morphology: the parameter to the formation of identity - 143 Discovering the morphology of the female sex. - 152 The morphology of language - 164 6. God-She: the horizon or 'objective' of a gender and the object of communication - 171 'God': the emblem of a 'house-of-language' - 173 7. God: mirror of woman - 190 Women need a Speculum Mundi to become - 193 Inventing an identity: giving oneself images - 203 Identity and becoming - 208 III. Incarnation: fruit of the encounter with the other - 218 8. The dialectical structure of the relation to the other - 224 The recognition of the alterity of the other - 225 From God as the transcendent Other to the transcendence of the other: Luce Irigaray's critique of God - 227 The recognition of the other is the labour of the negative - 242 The dialectical movement between self and other, between inner and outer - 251 Incarnation: the fruit of the encounter with the other - 255 9. Incarnation: the fruit of the encounter of female subject with the horizon of her gender - 258 The transcendence of the horizon of the female gender - 259 Luce Irigaray looks at art. - 270 The construction of a horizon: aesthetic practice and theory ánd the recources of this construction - 280 10. Incarnation: the fruit of the encounter of female subject with the other: man or woman - 293 The love of and for the other of different sex - 294 Love of the other, woman - 321 The fecundity of the love of the other - 333 Epilogue - 344 Speaking and thinking 'God': the dialectics between flesh and Word. - 344 The Flesh: living and productive matter - 346 The flesh as living matter - 346 The flesh is productive matter: the significance of a philosophy of sexual difference - 349 A post-theistic understanding of 'God - 358 The function of 'God' in a post-theistic discourse - 361 'God': the symbol of the transcendence of the horizon of a gender - 366 The dialectical relation of flesh and Word - 369 The dialectics between 'God' and the divine and the tension between eros and thanatos - 370 The divine: creative ánd disruptive force - 374 Bibliography - 380 Book and articles by Luce Irigaray, used in this book - 380 Books and articles by other authors - 382 Index - 396

Anne-Claire Mulder

Divine Flesh, Embodied Word

Incarnation as a Hermeneutical Key to a Feminist Theologian's Reading of Luce Irigaray's Work

Laverend tussen de kritieken en het filosofische discours van Luce Irigaray's, verduidelijkt Mulder Irigaray's gedachten over de relatie tussen 'vrouw’ worden en 'goddelijk' worden. Ze laat zien dat Luce Irigaray relatie tussen het verstandige en de begrijpelijke, tussen vlees en woord, de sleutel is tot haar herinterpretatie van de relatie tussen de vrouw en God.
Luce Irigaray's gedachten over het vlees, worden verhelderd door de relatie tussen vlees en het woord als een dialectische, in plaats van als een dualistische relatie te zien. Dit betekent dat de 'incarnatie' niet langer wordt gezien als eenzijdig proces van vleesgeworden woord, maar als een voortdurende transitie tussen woord en vlees.
Alle ideeën en gedachten - waaronder die over 'God' - worden geproduceerd door het vlees, goddelijk in zijn creatieve onuitputtelijkheid, in reactie op de aanraking van de ander. En deze beelden, gedachten, worden op hun beurt fysiek door deze om te zetten in woorden.

Anne-Claire Mulder

Anne-Claire Mulder (theoloog) verdedigde dit proefschrift in 2000 aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Ze publiceerde teksten in 'Paragraaf' (2002/3) en in 'Welt im gestalten ausgehenden Patriarchat' (2003). Ze is momenteel universitair docent Vrouwenstudie aan de Theologische Universiteit van Kampen.