Figures of Resistance.

Essays in Feminist Theory. / 2007

Figures of Resistance brings together crucial essays and unpublished lectures of internationally renowned theorist Teresa de Lauretis, spanning twenty years of her finest work. De Lauretis’s rigorous thought and elegant writing interrogate how cinema, literature, and psychoanalytic theory construct and deconstruct gender, sexuality, and ways of knowing. This collection invites us to reflect on the history of feminist theory and its power to envision anew issues of representation, reading, and epistemology. Essays include “Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation,” “The Lure of the Mannish Lesbian,” “Eccentric Subjects,” “Habit Changes,” “The Intractability of Desire,” and the unpublished title essay “Figures of Resistance.”

An introduction by feminist film scholar Patricia White provides an overview of the development and essential contribution of de Lauretis’s thought.

“This is crucial work. What we find here is a scholar at the top of her form paying attention to her field, in its broadest contours and attempting to make sense of it at a key moment of transition. In terms of feminist writing on cinema, there is nobody else in de Lauretis’s league.”–B. Ruby Rich, author of Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement

“De Lauretis’s work is stimulating, innovative, and groundbreaking. Readers from a wide range of audiences will be grateful to have in a single volume the works of one of the most important feminist theorists working today.”–Judith Mayne, Distinguished Humanities Professor, French and women’s studies, Ohio State University

Ed. and with an introduction by Patricia White. [a reader of eleven essays, 1985-2006

Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2007
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-252-03197-7
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-252-07439-4
e-book ISBN: 978-0-252-09096-7
Number of Pages: 320

Figures of Resistance.

Cover image: Zoe Leonard, “Mirror no. 1” (gelatin silver print) – Metropolitan Museum, 1990.
Courtesy of the artist.