Feminism's Right to Be an Other to Itself
Without relinquishing the sociopolitical force of its struggles against gender discrimination, feminist theory today also defines itself as cultural critique. This allows feminism's emancipatory potential to encompass imaginary and symbolic configurations of subjective economies that exceed those categories of "identity" and "difference" preconfigured by the sociology of gender. Feminism's new critical and cultural orientations allow us to conjugate the politics and poetics of the self by mixing different registers, crossing civic militancy with intellectual-theoretical interventions and university activism with aesthetic passions, without fear of gender problematics that speak multiple languages at the same time.
Nelly Richard is a scholar, essayist, and author of numerous books. Richard studied modern literature at the Université de la Sorbonne (Paris IV) and founded the Revista de Crítica Cultural, serving as its director from 1990 to 2008. She currently chairs the Masters program in Cultural Studies at ARCIS University in Santiago, Chile and is the Provost of Extension, Communications and Publications of the same university.