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The Subject of LoveHélène Cixous and the Feminine Divine$
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Sal Renshaw

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069604

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069604.001.0001

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(p.191) Conclusion
The Subject of Love

Sal Renshaw

Manchester University Press

This text highlights Cixous's notions and thought, which offer to an individual a very different picture of the subjects of divine love from that which derives from the concept of mutuality that is currently favoured in many feminist theologies. It has noted that mutuality undoubtedly challenges the underlying hierarchical power structures which have informed inter-subjective possibilities within patriarchal cultures and retains a commitment to dualism which undoes the very assertion that subjectivity itself is a relational concept. On the other hand, Cixous's attention to the epistemological conditions of subjectivity, that is, to the relationship between knowledge, self and other, and to the phenomenal conditions which open the category of knowledge to ways of living, provides an alternative foundation for rethinking the structure of self/other relations. For Cixous, as the text suggests, everything happens in the instant, and it is in a feminine approach to the instant that we find the passage to divinity which is truly paved with the love of the other as other.

Keywords:   divine love, patriarchal cultures, feminine, divinity, hierarchical power structures, dualism

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