The metadiscursivity of lesbianism

27 10 2008

In Lesbian Discourses, Images of a community, Veronika Koller offers what Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay (insert your own spelling joke here) calls “a plurisecular metadiscourse on the discourse of/on lesbianism”. I have absolutely no idea what that means, but his review hails the book as non-essentialist, self-reflexive  and squarely within a “new paradigm of convergence(s) of academic disciplines”.

New coalitions are forming all over and across the humanities and social sciences; media anthropology, linguistic ethnography and (ahem) news production linguistics are some of the budding intellectual spaces that come to mind. Without having read the book, it offers a historical critical discourse analysis (CDA) of lesbian identities across 4 decades (1970s-2000s). This quality – a sense of history – is difficult to come by in most CDA works. Moreover, this historical dimension, and the title of course, spark my interest. If only I was conversant in Foucauldian philosophy.




2 responses

22 11 2008
Veronika Koller

Dear Tom,
as the author of the Lesbian Discourses, I can assure you that I have mention the name Foucault once or twice, but there is very little Foucaldian philosophy in it. And as for that book review, I hardly understood a word of it either – in fact, I barely recognised my own book!

Best regards,

22 11 2008
Tom Van Hout

Thanks for your comment, Veronika. For the sake of clarity, my reference to Foucault was not meant as a critique of your book (which I haven’t been able to read yet).

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