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A Feminist Theory of Refusal

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674248496

Publication Date: 05/11/2021

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208 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

14 photos

The Mary Flexner Lectures of Bryn Mawr College


  • Preface
  • Introduction: The Bacchae’s Arc of Refusal and the Tragedy of the City
  • 1. Inoperativity and the Power of Assembly: Agamben with Butler
  • 2. Inclination and the Work of Dis/orientation: Cavarero with Ahmed
  • 3. Fabulation and the Right to the City: Hartman with Arendt
  • Conclusion: Sister Is an Anagram for Resist
  • Appendix
    • Inoperativity in Chaplin’s Modern Times
    • Inclination in Erin Courtney’s A Map of Virtue
    • Fabulation in Astra Taylor’s What Is Democracy?
    • Muhammad Ali’s Repertoire of Refusal
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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