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Ur led är feminismens tid: Om tidsmetaforer, otidsenlighet och gengångare i feministisk historieskrivning
Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Comparative literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7945-8596
2012 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, no 3, p. 5-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The intention of this article is to follow Elizabeth Grosz’ invitation to explore some of the ways that time constructions and time metaphors attain significance in contemporary feminist theory. Each history includes and produces different temporal structures. How these temporal structures work, the value ascribed to them, and their implications for feminist historiography, is discussed by looking at various examples of writing contemporary feminist history. How is the recent history between the 1970’s and the present of Swedish feminist theory portrayed? Using Claire Hemmings’ historiography of Anglo-American contemporary feminist theory, the article traces similar patterns in the way the development of Swedish feminism is described. The article shows that the common way to write the history of feminist theory in terms of breaks and turning points are deeply problematic. Basically these metaphors rest on a conception of time as serial and hierarchical. That the time is “out of joint” is a prerequisite for feminist work. Feminist theorization must be untimely in Nietzsche’s sense. The later part of the article shows how concepts like untimeliness, anachronism and Derrida’s concept of “hauntology”, along with contemporary queer theoretical research on the literary Gothic, offer alternative constructions of time, which might make it possible to see feminist pioneers, not as specters either to be revenged or silenced, but as ghosts, as un-deads in a positive sense.

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Föreningen Tidskrift för genusvetenskap , 2012. no 3, p. 5-25
Keywords [en]
Time, history, historiography, feminist theory
Keywords [sv]
Tid, historia, historiografi, feministisk teori
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General Literature Studies Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18650OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-18650DiVA, id: diva2:611488
Available from: 2013-03-16 Created: 2013-03-16 Last updated: 2020-03-06Bibliographically approved

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