- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press (August 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1875559078
- ISBN-13: 978-1875559077
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,034,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nothing Mat(T)ers: A Feminist Critique of Postmodernism
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If one has any interest in 'postmodernism' whatsoever, Somer Brodribb's excellent Nothing Mat(t)ers is required reading...extensive...detailed...erudite...raises vital questions.
David Clippinger, Rain Taxi, vol. 4 no 2 Summer 1999
What we need to escape, according to Brodribb, is not the body, but the dualistic thinking that finds its latest expression in postmodern anti-materiality. In contrast to this philosophy of the immaterial, she sees feminist thinking as materialist.
Ellen Travis, Herizons, Winter 1993.
This brave, brilliant (and funny!) book by a Canadian feminist is the antidote for intellectual toxicities caused by decentered deconstructionist detritus. The Plucky Wench of the Year Awards definitely goes to Brodribb, for proving the emperor has no clothes or brains.—Ms. Magazine (May/June 1993)
If one has any interest in 'postmodernism' whatsoever, Somer Brodribb's excellent Nothing Mat(t)ers is required reading.[...] Confronts the absence of the subject and privileging of the 'system' or structure over experience in postmodernism...This book needs to be read and pondered....—David Clippinger, Rain Taxi (1999)
What we need to escape, according to Brodribb, is not the body, but the dualistic thinking that finds its latest expression in postmodern anti-materiality. —Ellen Travis, Herizons (Winter 1993)
About the Author
Somer Brodribb taught feminist theory and politics at Canadian Universities in the 1990s. Her experience of backlash is outlined in 'The Equity Franchise', CCLOW, Women's Education, 1996, and is the focus of Dorothy Smith's chapter 'Texts and Repression' in Writing the Social, 1999.
One of her best political articles is about establishing a shelter: 'Winonah's' in Resources for Feminist Research, September, 1988.
She now lives in England, and her short fiction has appeared in The Sandhopper Lover 2008, produced by the Welsh publisher, Cinnamon Press, in Momaya's Annual Review 2011, and in The French Literary Review, 2012.
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The text was originally part of a dissertation, and the bloated, ostentatious writing style for which graduate humanities programs remain infamous is in full effect. It is to be expected that, lacking a certain level of acquaintance with postmodernist writings, most readers would find the the discussion of specific postmodern concepts challenging. The style of writing compounds this difficulty unnecessarily. Instead of summarizing concepts, the author repeatedly presents one or two paragraphs from a relevant text as block quotes. Ambiguity is introduced by the sloppy use of a slash to pack two meanings into one sentence: "Only Superman/Zarathustra can think the "'most abysmal thought.'" The actual points the author wishes to make are difficult to find amidst the history, mythology, and literature recitations. Numerous in-text quotes and references to obscure (non-postmodern) books and authors inhibit the flow of the writing.
In short, don't waste your money. This book is nothing but an exercise in which the author shows off her knowledge of everything she has ever read.