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Mythmaking as a feminist strategy: Rosi Braidotti's political myth
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
Number of Authors: 12019 (English)In: Feminist Theory, ISSN 1464-7001, E-ISSN 1741-2773Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article makes visible some of the premises that underlie Rosi Braidotti's use of (political) myth. Focusing on some well-known characteristics of postmodernity, as well as the development of a new philosophy of subjectivity, I account for the divergence between Simone de Beauvoir, who thought of myth as a severe hindrance to the subject-becoming of women, and postmodern feminists, such as Donna Haraway and Braidotti, who represent a more affirmative stance. Through pinning down both similarities and differences between Haraway and Braidotti, I demonstrate that postmodern feminists might still promote mythmaking for dissimilar reasons. I argue that Braidotti, in contrast to Haraway, approaches myth from a horizon partly shaped by an anti-rationalist or 'demonic' philosophical tradition, whose chief representative is Friedrich Nietzsche. By studying the argument delivered by the latter in defence of myth, I extract a conceptual distinction between the 'Apolline' and the 'Dionysiac' aspects of mythmaking, by which it becomes possible to further qualify Braidotti's philosophy of political myth.

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2019.
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Donna Haraway, feminism, Friedrich Nietzsche, myth, mythmaking, political myth, Rosi Braidotti, Simone de Beauvoir
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175782DOI: 10.1177/1464700119881307ISI: 000491514600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-175782DiVA, id: diva2:1372222
Available from: 2019-11-22 Created: 2019-11-22 Last updated: 2019-11-22

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