Elizabeth A. Wilson, "Gut Feminism" (Duke UP, 2015)


Elizabeth A. Wilson's new book is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of science studies and feminist theory. In its introduction, Gut Feminism (Duke University Press, 2015) lays out two major ambitions: it seeks "some feminist theoretical gain in relation to how biological data can be used to think about minded and bodily states," and seeks "some feminist theoretical gain in relation to thinking about the hostility intrinsic to our politics." The book shows that the gut is an organ of the mind via an exploration of melancholia, depression, some fascinating psychoanalytic literature, and contemporary conversations and debates about psychopharmaceuticals. Wilson's book unflattens biology, offering an incredibly helpful way to think about anatomy as an ever-changing site of entanglement that enacts "malleability, heterogeneity, friction, and unpredictability." Highly recommended!

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