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In a word Summary - "In a Word Interview pgs 369-375 Overview Ellen Rooney and Gayatri Spivak are discussing the concept of"essentialism in

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“In a Word” Interview pgs 369-375 Overview: Ellen Rooney and Gayatri Spivak are discussing the concept of “essentialism” in feminist theory. Essentialism means that biology is destiny, or that women “naturally” behave certain ways. Spivak is an anti-essentialist. First question starting on page 369: Rooney asks how feminists have influenced her thinking about essentialism Spivak’s answer: She says that anti-essentialism is a strategy, not a theory or ideology. It is her job to find the spaces where the essence of “woman” oozes away. She claims that people need to learn to honor empirical works. Essences are just a kind of content. They are necessary for discourse to happen. That being said, she finds and talks about the holes in the essences. Question on the bottom of page 370: Rooney asks about teaching anti-essentialism in a feminist theory class. Spivak answers that anti-essentialism can be used as a tool in the classroom. Teac hthat the concrete is fabricated. Talk about it
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