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Examining feminist idea as a fancy imaginitive success, Feminist mind's eye considers feminist dedication during the interrogation of its philosophical, political and affective connections with the prior, and particularly with the `race' trials of the 20 th century. The booklet seems to be at: the 'directionlessness' of up to date feminist suggestion; the query of essentialism and embodiment; the racial tensions within the paintings of Simone de Beauvoir; the totalitarian personality in Hannah Arendt; the 'mimetic Jew' and the concept that of mimesis within the paintings of Judith Butler. Vikki Bell presents a compelling rethinking of feminist thought as certain up with makes an attempt to appreciate oppression outdoor a spotlight on 'women'. She affirms femini

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I argue that if one puts these questions in the light of the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Frantz Fanon, both thinkers who were concerned with the question of embodiment in relation to questions of essentialism, but in different contexts, the movement of the feminist debate, and the sentiments that underlie it, can be understood in different light. The need to theorise the body is not an attempt to reassert the body, to ground a political philosophy in Truth, but it is an attempt to make a theoretical intervention that acknowledges that, if identity has a constitutional relation to embodiment, it is also a site for powerful political appeals, ones which feminism cannot afford to ignore in pursuit of an anti-essentialism that leaves no space for talk of 'the body'.

Even where the ostensible focus is presented as though it were unitary, a self-portrait, there is another caught in the lens. In Feminist Imagination I am interested in how a studied gaze at the constitution of a feminist imagination, such as that found within feminist theory, can become an exercise in noticing the figures that have peopled the image, becoming part of the patterns that are formed, and forming part of the overall picture not always clearly drawn, nor necessarily in focus; but neither incidental nor accidental.

6 I am attempting to pull out two different terms here horizons and limits in a way that differentiates what I say here from Ernesto Laclau's definition of horizons, which for him does both jobs. He writes: 'We call horizon that which establishes, at one and the same time, the limits and the terrain of constitution of any possible object and that, as a result, makes impossible any beyond' (1996: 102). Page 11 I wish to place the feminist political imagination within the twentieth century, as it has been formed in the passage of the twentieth century.

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