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Considering Emma

Hemmings, Clare (2013) Considering Emma. European Journal of Women's Studies, 20 (4). pp. 334-346. ISSN 1350-5068

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1350506813502022


This article considers the importance of the anarchist thinker and activist Emma Goldman (1869-1940) for contemporary feminist theory and politics. Initially concerned with how Goldman's views on power and change help us reconsider our own history and present, the author shifts gears in the course of the article to think aspects of her thought that are less easily reclaimed. Exploring her own and others' desire for Goldman to resolve current difficulties within and beyond feminism, the author highlights the problems this desire presents for both our understanding of the past, and our ability adequately to engage the present. Focusing instead on the importance of fantasy in our accounting for the relationship between past and present, the author explores our desires to consign judgement and essence to another era.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 13:06
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:43
Funders: Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economic

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