Women's Bodies, Women's Stories: Use of the Narrative in Feminist Theory
The autobiographical narrative is often incorporated into contemporary feminist theory. These accounts are used as justifying bases for claims about the legitimacy of certain theoretical standpoints. Focusing specifically on theories of the body, this paper analyzes how women’s narratives are utilized to augment feminist theorizing. In theoretical discourse, the narrative provides a phenomenological ground from which value is extrapolated. This paper examines the strategies employed by thinkers to link particular narrative accounts to value claims in their systems of thought. Use of the narrative filters theories of the body through certain socio-cultural and political lenses. Via Foucauldian analysis, this paper characterizes the implicit forces situated within the narrative account, thus revealing certain discourses which influence feminist theories of the body. The aim of this paper is to explore the ways in which autobiographical narrative accounts and theoretical conceptions of the body inform, enhance, and supply one another.
Keywords: Feminism, Feminist Theory, Philosophy, Narrative, Women, Theory of the Body, Identity Politics
Research Student, Philosophy
Research Student, Philosophy, Baylor University