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Derrida and Other AnimalsThe Boundaries of the Human$
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Judith Still

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748680979

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680979.001.0001

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Women and Other Animals: Working Metamorphoses1

Women and Other Animals: Working Metamorphoses1

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(p.304) 6 Women and Other Animals: Working Metamorphoses1
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Derrida and Other Animals
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Judith Still

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680979.003.0006

Heidegger’s distinction between man and animal, in common with other philosopher’s accounts, also has sexual difference at stake. This chapter takes up his opposition between human creativity and mechanical (animal) technology. Other writers present technology as integral to hominization. In either case, the work of women (as well as other inferiors) can end up on the mechanical animal side – and thus women’s weaving (like spiders’ webs), for example, would be neither creative nor a true technological invention. The chapter analyses some myths of weaving and metamorphosis (such as those of Arachne or Philomela); and then turns to contemporary women writing back. Duffy’s poetry mocks those, like Aesop, who lay down the law about animals and humans; Darrieussecq and Ndiaye’s novels rewrite metamorphosis into a pig, wolf, or dogs.

Keywords:   Marie Ndiaye, Marie Darrieussecq, Heidegger, Carol Ann Duffy, technology, weaving, metamorphosis

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