Kaisa Ilmonen

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From Poetry to Intersectionality: Reading Feminist Experience Across the Theorìa/Poiesis –Binary
 

 

 “From Poetry to Intersectionality: Reading Feminist Experience Across the Theorìa/Poiesis –Binary” is a project which focuses on the literary analysis of feminist "identity poetics" dating back to late 1970s and early 1980s period of so called essentialist writings. My primary sources consist of the “theoretical poetry” written by the following feminist poet/scholars: Latin-American Gloria Anzaldúa, and Caribbean-American writers Michelle Cliff and Audre Lorde. Their poetic styles are compared to the Jewish-American feminist Adrienne Rich’s poetry. However, my focus is not on writing history of Women's studies. I will re-explore the period of identity politics, in order to map the roots of contemporary intersectional methodology - and thus provide a genealogy for intersectionality.

My aim is to analyse the poetic plasticity of the feminist theorizing and its ability to evolve through the poetic elements: Through the literary analysis, I will acknowledge the poetical claims the non-Western scholar/poets made on Academic feminism of that time. While the “theoretical poetry” was often included in their academic contributions or otherwise scholarly collections, it remains largely understudied by both, the feminists of that period and the literary scholars.

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