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Writing the body: Examining the politics of feminine writing practices in organisation studies / Sheena Vachhani

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Swansea University Author: Sheena, Vachhani

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This paper examines the writing practices most often associated with French feminists called écriture féminine and subjects it to debates relating to embodied writing and writing difference in organisation. Often considered a distinct and alluring strand of French feminist writing and philosophy, I...

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Abstract: This paper examines the writing practices most often associated with French feminists called écriture féminine and subjects it to debates relating to embodied writing and writing difference in organisation. Often considered a distinct and alluring strand of French feminist writing and philosophy, I draw together possibilities for its use and explore implications for the study of organisations especially recent debates in organisation studies concerning engendering difference. As a form of embodied writing, écriture féminine brings with it a variety of issues for understanding embodiment, writing and the feminine, most notably its political potential and how gendered practices interpolate how writing is conceived. With focus on Irigaray’s and Cixous’s mode of writing the feminine, I expose the intersection between sex/text as a way of decentring conventional modes of writing. The paper concludes with exploring the politics of writing differently and the need to expose the effects of singularity in writing and how it may suppress and conceal possibilities for understanding difference.
Keywords: body, Cixous, difference, dualisms, écriture féminine, feminist politics, Irigaray, language
College: School of Management