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Luce Irigaray – The Speculum of the Other Woman


Wed 12 Nov 2014, 6:00pm–7:30pm
Wed 26 Nov 2014, 6:00pm–7:30pm
Wed 24 Dec 2014, 6:00pm–7:30pm
Wed 7 Jan 2015, 6:00pm–7:30pm
Wed 21 Jan 2015, 6:00pm–7:30pm
Wed 4 Feb 2015, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: FreeUniversity

The University Without Conditions invites you to participate in a reading group for Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray. The book was first published in 1974 in French. Originally a student of the Jacques Lacan, after the publication of Speculum of the Other Woman Irigaray lost her university appointment at the prompting of Lacan himself. The book has been described as one of the most important works in feminist theory to have been published in this generation. In it Irigaray argues that for the profession of psychoanalysis female sexuality has remained a “dark continent,” unfathomable and unapproachable; its nature can only be misunderstood by those who continue to regard women in masculine terms.

Reflecting on the book’s significance in 2009 on the Times Higher Education website Christine Battersby wrote “Speculum is a brave and original book that does indeed deserve its place among the “baggy monsters” of “the canon”.”

We will read the book over 7 fortnightly sessions


12 Nov: Session 1
The Blind Spot of An Old Dream of Symmetry
Sections 1 – 6 (p 11 – 65)

26 Nov: Session 2
The Blind Spot of An Old Dream of Symmetry
Sections 7 – 13 (p 66 – 129)

10 Dec: Session 3
Sections 1 – 6 (p 133 – 189)

24 Dec: Session 4
(date or time of this session may change and will be discussed the fortnight before)
Sections 7 – 10 (p 191 – 240)

7 Jan: Session 5
Plato’s Hysteria
Sections 1 – 4 (p 243 – 282)

21 Jan: Session 6
Plato’s Hysteria
Sections 5 – 9 (283 – 329)

4 Feb: Session 7
Plato’s Hysteria
Sections 10 – 13 (p 330 – 364)

About the reading group:
The reading group: is open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks. We will be reading and discussing specific sections each fortnight moving through the book. The group is facilitated by Melissa Laing [melissa at] and Robin Paulson [robin at] who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.

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