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Resentment and the
  • ISBN: 9780271018898
  • ISBN10: 0271018895

Resentment and the "Feminine" in Nietzche's Politico-Aesthetics

by Caroline Joan Picart

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 06/01/1999
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Nietzsche's remarks about women & femininity have generated a great deal of debate among philosophers, some seeing them as ineradicably misogynist, others interpreting them more favorably as ironic & potentially useful for modern feminism. In this study, Kay Picart uses a genealogical approach to track the way Nietzsche's initial use of "feminine" mythological figures as symbols for modernity's regenerative powers gradually gives way to an increasingly misogynistic politics, resulting in the silencing & emasculation of his earlier configurations of the "feminine." While other scholars have focused on classifying the degree of offensiveness of Nietzsche's ambivalent & developing misogyny, Picart examines what this misogyny means for his political philosophy as a whole. Picart successfully shows how Nietzsche's increasingly derogatory treatment of the "feminine" in his post-Zarathustran works is closely tied to his growing resentment over his inability to revive a decadent modernity.
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