2 The languages of late-medieval feminism

Miri Rubin


The quest for origins is a quest for a place in the world, it is an exercise in self-definition, self-understanding and self-fashioning. It is both generous and exploitative, as privileges and rights are claimed in the name of others long dead. Yet origins must be posited as an initial stage of participation in discourse: they are the counters which we bring to the terribly serious game of politics and exchange. Moreover, origins are almost always linked to a metaphor of procreation, of generation, of birth with all the implicit pain and severing that these life-giving processes imply.

Feminists, in their struggle for recognition, for a space in the political and cultural debates of their ...

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