A groundbreaking volume introduces the unique feminist thought of the longstanding Italian group known as Diotima
Introducing Anglophone readers to a potent strain of Italian feminism known to French, Spanish, and German audiences but as yet unavailable in English, Another Mother argues that the question of the mother is essential to comprehend the matrix of contemporary culture and society and to pursue feminist political projects.
Focusing on Diotima, a community of women philosophers deeply involved in feminist politics since the 1960s, this volume provides a multifaceted panorama of its engagement with currents of thought including structuralism, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and Marxism. Starting from the simple insight that the mother is the one who gives us both life and language, these thinkers develop concepts of the mother and sexual difference in contemporary society that differ in crucial ways from both French and U.S. feminisms.
Arguing that Diotima anticipates many of the themes in contemporary philosophical discourses of biopolitics—exemplified by thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, and Roberto Esposito—Another Mother opens an important space for reflections on the past history of feminism and on feminism’s future.
Contributors: Anne Emmanuelle Berger, Paris 8 U–Vincennes Saint-Denis; Ida Dominijanni; Luisa Muraro; Diana Sartori, U of Verona; Chiara Zamboni, U of Verona.
Introduction: Another Mother, Another Introduction
Cesare Casarino and Andrea Righi
Part One: Metaphor, Metonymy, and the Politics of Sexual Difference
1. The Contact Word
2. To Knit or to Crochet: A Political-Linguistic Tale on the Enmity between Metaphor and Metonymy
3. On the Relation between Words and Things as Frequentation
Part Two: On the Maternal Symbolic and Its Language
4. Maternal Language between Limit and Infinite Opening
5. Feminism and Psychoanalysis: The Dead Mother Complex
Part Three: The Mother and The Negative
6. With the Maternal Spirit
7. The Undecidable Imprint
Part Four: Thinking with Diotima
8. And Yet She Speaks!: “Italian Feminism” and Language
Anne Emmanuelle Berger
9. Origin and Dismeasure: The Thought of Sexual Difference in Luisa Muraro and Ida Dominijanni, and the Rise of Post-Fordist Psychopathology
10. Mother Degree Zero; or, of Beginnings: An Afterword on Luisa Muraro’s Feminist Inaptitude for Philosophy